Cesc Fabregas has covered a surprising amount of ground in the Premier League

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In recent years, one word often used to describe Cesc Fabregas is lazy. The midfielder is undoubtedly talented, but his work rate is often criticised.

When things are going wrong for Chelsea, the midfielder is one of the first to be criticised for his perceived lack of mobility in the central position.

The Stamford Bridge club have made a slow start to the season and, unsurprisingly, Fabregas has been singled out by sections of the club's support.


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However, data provided by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that the former Barcelona man is one of the hardest working players in the Premier League. 

In nine games this season, the 28-year-old has covered 101.75km. More than any other Chelsea player and the seventh highest distance in the top flight.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner tops the list with 113km so far.

The defending Premier League champions have struggled so far this season and currently sit 12th in the table.

But it is Fabregas' midfield partner Nemanja Matic who has been given the chop by Jose Mourinho after the slow start.

The former Arsenal captain's influence may have dwindled going forward - he has had an influence in just two league goals - but his work rate has certainly improved.

Playing in a defensive midfield position, it is key Fabregas is covering a lot of ground and this is sure to delight Mourinho, who is keen for his team to tighten up in defence as they look to climb up the table.

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League

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