While Diego Costa has grabbed headlines aplenty with his goals and robust style since joining Chelsea, it’s another summer acquisition from Spain who has helped Jose Mourinho’s side really tick so far this season.
Not only did Cesc Fabregas’ £30million move from Barcelona leave Arsenal fans in uproar, it also made a significant section of the Stamford Bridge faithful question their manager.
The Spaniard’s talent was never an issue, but how could they welcome a player with such strong connections to their London rivals into Mourinho’s tight-knit camp?
Fast forward five months and any doubts about Fabregas – or his commitment – have been well and truly banished after the Blues’ brilliant first half of the campaign.
Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the Premier League and have scored the joint highest amount of goals – two things Fabregas can take a huge amount of credit for.
After picking a pass to Eden Hazard for the Belgian to equalise against Southampton on Sunday, the 27-year-old now has 13 assists in the top-flight this season.
Not only is that the highest amount in the division, it’s also five more than second-placed Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea.