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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

PlayerAgeApps
Cesc Fabregas29y 7m 27d293
Ryan Giggs30y 3m 20d367
Wayne Rooney31y 0m 13d445
Frank Lampard35y 3m 29d559

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

SeasonTeamAppsAssists
2004/05ARS335
2005/06ARS355
2006/07ARS3811
2007/08ARS3217
2008/09ARS228
2009/10ARS2713
2010/11ARS2511
2014/15CHE3418
2015/16CHE377
2016/17CHE105

See: All-time Premier League assists

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