Chelsea players dominate the Premier League team of the year and rightly so given the fact the Blues have barely been off the top of the table this season, but the PFA selectors have made one glaring oversight.
The decision to omit playmaker Cesc Fabregas rankles as a bit of a mystery.
A first return to the Emirates since leaving Arsenal for Barcelona is in store for the string-pulling Spaniard this weekend, where he’s 23/2 to augment his goals scored tally of three with the opener.
Perhaps it’s for this startling lack of notches for the campaign that’s resulted in him losing out to Phillippe Coutinho, but the obscene amount of assists he created pre-Christmas deserves recognition.
His white-hot form unquestionably faded in the second part of the season, but his conjuring output is still far superior to that of any of his peers.
In total Fabregas has set up 16 league goals, six more than his next nearest adversaries Gylfi Sigurdsson and Angel Di Maria of Swansea and Manchester United respectively.
Coutinho, by contrast, has laid on a paltry four goals for his Liverpool colleagues, while he has only scored one more in the league too.
With 81 chances created in total – a combination of key passes and assists – the Spanish schemer is almost 40 better off than his Reds counterpart, who has just 45 to his name.
As it stands Fabregas is four set ups shy of matching Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of 20.
Given the form of Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and co, it’s understandable to see why he isn’t included in the PFA Player of the Year running, yet how he hasn’t warranted a place in the Team of the Year is baffling.
Coutinho wasn’t earning any plaudits at all when Fabregas was providing assist after assist at the start of the season; the Brazilian’s chickens have only recently come home to roost, which lends credence to the theory that his inclusion is solely down to his best efforts been fresher in the memory.