Amid the Maurizio Sarri revolution at Chelsea, there has been little room for Cesc Fabregas.
Resigned to the bench in the opening stages of the Premier League season, the Spanish international has made just three appearances in all competitions – two in the Europa League and one in the Carabao Cup.
Of course, that’s partly because the 31-year-old’s position is at the very heart of Sarri’s changes.
With his contract expiring next summer, speculation is already gathering pace that this will be Fabregas’ last season in west London.
However, Blues fans won’t have forgotten the immense contribution during his time at the club, winning two titles and an FA Cup in the process.
Indeed, Fabregas has also now been recognised with a place in the Guinness World Records Book of 2019 after it emerged he is the fastest player to reach 100 Premier League assists.
This isn’t actually a recent development, as the landmark assist came all the way back in December 2016, when he set up Willian’s goal in a 4-2 win over Stoke City.
FABREGAS’ LATEST WORLD RECORD
In doing so, Fabregas broke Ryan Giggs’ record having achieved the feat in just his 293rd match – the Manchester United legend managed it in 367.
“I’m not the fastest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the most flexible, I don’t jump high,” Fabregas said, per the Mail.
“But to achieve this record in my career is one of the proudest things in my job, because it is my job and I did it well.”
A year ago, while filming ‘A League of their Own’, the former Arsenal midfielder actually achieved another world record for ‘The most volley passes in 30 seconds by a pair’ alongside Jamie Redknapp.
His latest landmark is much more reflective of his career, however, and he will be joined by several other Premier League players in the 2019 records.
Harry Kane will feature for most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year (39) and most Premier League hat-tricks in a calendar year (6), as will Mo Salah, who set the record for most goals in a Premier League season in 2017/18 with 32.