A spot for a first Capital One Cup winner’s medal may have been cleared in Cesc Fabregas’ trophy cabinet, but the Chelsea orchestrator could be forgiven for yearning for those trophy-less days in the season’s fledgling months.
Having arrived from Barcelona for £30m, the freshly-minted Blue burst out of the traps with an unfathomable amount of assists, hitting the 14 mark in a 5-3 New Year’s Day defeat at Tottenham.
A drastic change of fortune has since befouled the Spanish string-puller, who has created just one goal across four competitions following his unlocking of the Lilywhites’ defensive door.
This solitary set up came in the 5-0 hammering of Swansea and his impact other than this has been relatively negligible.
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Early-season brilliance has left quite some margin between Fabregas and his Chelsea contemporaries at the summit of the in-house assist charts, but if the conjurer-in-chief has misplaced his mojo, who is going to create the goals that will get the Blues over the title-winning line?
Eden Hazard’s creative output hasn’t been anywhere near the level it should, with only two of his seasonal six (Premier League only) laid on coming since Boxing Day, while fellow magician Oscar has just one in the league since January 10th.
The Brazilian’s tally of eight across all competitions is as substandard as his Belgian counterpart’s given the calibre of their teammates, which is also true of countryman Willian, who has a pitiful two domestic assists to his name this so far.
A third member of the Canarinho contingent in the Stamford Bridge ranks, however, could provide the solution to this guile exile.
Blue Kenyan Ramires is famed for his unrelenting energy levels and tenacity in the tackle, but with three assists and a goal from a mere six league starts, there’s plenty of cause to argue he should be gracing the Chelsea line up more often.
The last of his set ups came in September, but a conversion rate of one every other league start suggests he’s capable of filling creative chasm none of his esteemed attacking-midfield colleagues are up for occupying.
After starting the Capital One Cup final win over Spurs, Ramires will be looking for another run out against West Ham in midweek, where his side are ranked 31/50 for the win.