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Fabregas hits century of assists in record time

1 Jan 2017
Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder only the fourth player to reach 100 Premier League assists

By setting up two of Chelsea's goals in their 4-2 victory over Stoke City on Saturday Cesc Fabregas became only the fourth player to register 100 Premier League assists.

Fabregas, who boasts exactly 100 assists, joins Ryan Giggs, the record holder (162), Frank Lampard (102) and Wayne Rooney (101) in reaching his milestone.

The Spain international has pipped his fellow centurions in terms of speed and youth, however. Coming in just 293 appearances and aged 29 years, seven months and 27 days Fabregas has reached the 100-mark in the fewest number of appearances and at the tenderest age.

Age and appearances at time of reaching 100 assists

Player Age Apps
Cesc Fabregas 29y 7m 27d 293
Ryan Giggs 30y 3m 20d 367
Wayne Rooney 31y 0m 13d 445
Frank Lampard 35y 3m 29d 559

The majority of the Chelsea playmaker's assists (70) came as an Arsenal player, and the greatest beneficiary was Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored 13 goals after being teed up by the then Gunners captain.

Fabregas, who has recorded five assists in 10 top-flight appearances this term, has some way to go to reach his seasonal best of 18, achieved in the 2014/15 campaign - and two short of Thierry Henry's 2002/03 record - but having registered back-to-back assists in a PL match for the first time since January 20015, he is clearly in a rich vein of form.

This does not bode well for Chelsea’s next opponents, Tottenham Hotspur, who take on the west Londoners on Wednesday having suffered the most from goals scored (11) as a result of Fabregas assists.

Fabregas assists season by season

Season Team Apps Assists
2004/05 ARS 33 5
2005/06 ARS 35 5
2006/07 ARS 38 11
2007/08 ARS 32 17
2008/09 ARS 22 8
2009/10 ARS 27 13
2010/11 ARS 25 11
2014/15 CHE 34 18
2015/16 CHE 37 7
2016/17 CHE 10 5

See: All-time Premier League assists

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