Jamie Redknapp: This unsung Chelsea duo are making a difference in title race
The former Liverpool midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Willian deserve credit for their contribution to Chelsea's title challenge
Jamie Redknapp has hailed Cesc Fabregas and Willian’s contribution to Chelsea’s Premier League title bid this season.
The Blues made the long trip to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon as Antonio Conte’s side looked to record their second successive Premier League win.
Fabregas and Willian have struggled to tie down a regular starting spot in the Chelsea side since Conte took over the reins at the end of the 2015-16 season.
The Spain international has managed to come off the bench to make vital contributions to the Chelsea’s title run-in, while Willian has contributed vital goals in cameo performances.
And Fabregas combined with Willian in sublime fashion to score Chelsea’s third goal in a 3-0 win against Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park.
The former Arsenal captain has scored four goals and has made nine assists in the 2016-17 campaign after 10 starts and a further 15 appearances from the bench.
Willian, meanwhile, has netted seven times and has created one goal for his team-mate after making 30 appearances in the current campaign but 17 as a substitute.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about the impact of Fabregas and Willian, Redknapp said:
“One key reason why Chelsea have had the edge in the title race is their strength in depth.
“Antonio Conte is fortunate to be able to unleash quality players such as Cesc Fabregas and Willian, who combined to kill off Everton just 67 seconds after the Brazilian had come on.
“Fabregas was criticised by the fans last season and has often been limited to cameos under Conte… yet still he has this season’s best minutes-to-assists ratio in the Premier League.”