Some of the most feared teams in the world attack in threes. Real Madrid boasts Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema. Barcelona lines up with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. And Bayern Munich has Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Mueller or Frank Ribery. Even past European giants like the days of the old Galacticos had three or more stars like Raúl, Beckham, Zidane, and Ronaldo.
The front attacking three players can make or break a team’s season. Their chemistry and ability to impact a game is vital to success. When considering how important these front three players are, it is necessary to evaluate Chelsea’s best three attacking players.
When choosing these best attackers, one must consider overall impact on the Blue’s goal scoring. For me, it’s Hazard, Costa, and Fabregas. To me, those are by far the three most contributing players to Chelsea’s attack.
Diego Costa is tied for league leader in goals at 19. The Spaniard has started off his England career with a bang. He has been in tantalizing form this season, spearheading the Blue’s attack. Costa often makes his own opportunities by bullying his way forward. He is known for antagonizing defenders and often wins the mental battle. Where people argue that he is reckless, I say that his actions are calculated. No one riles up defenders more than Costa, and in turn, no one has scored more goals than Costa. And none of his goals have come from the spot. To me, his results alone prove the effectiveness of his tactics. Even Big Sam, manager at West Ham commented that getting into it with Costa plays into his own advantage. There is no believing Costa’s behavior is easy on the eye. But no one can argue that it’s not effective. The Spaniard has set the Premier League alight in his first season, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Eden Hazard is the future best player in the world. I rate him that highly, but for good reason. There is no one in the world that is better at one-on-one take-ons than Hazard. The young Belgian is nothing short of brilliant when he is on the ball. He weaves in and out of defenders with ease, often ending his runs with a sublime pass, or a strong shot. Hazard is the most fouled player in Europe, by possessing a mature knowledge of how to draw contact. Hazard will need to improve his goal contribution before he can be considered in the world’s elite, but there is no doubt he’s well on his way.
Cesc Fabregas has been a revelation for Chelsea this season. Despite his recent slump, and the Hull game was a good sign of improvement, the Spaniard has been brilliant in this campaign. He is leading the league in assists, along with being in the top couple of players in Europe in this category. When you think about the Blues last season, with Ramires and a waning Lampard, the defensive midfield position was unproductive. We were a counter attacking team at best, relying on our front 3 or 4 players for all of our production. However this season, the duo of Matic and Fabregas has revolutionized Chelsea’s production in this position. Fabregas has linked up with Costa and other players several times, often making brilliant passes to set up his teammates. Hopefully he continues his early season form till the end of the campaign and the Blues will be benefiting from his attacking impetus for the next 5 years to come.
Overall, all the three Blue’s attackers are considered in the top 5 of their positions globally. Hazard is a future world-beater. Costa is bullying his way past defenders to become one of the most effective strikers. And Fabregas is passing the ball better than almost anyone in the world. When these three players link up, there are few goals that rival the quality. These three have a chance to create history in England and in Europe. I think next season will be the year it all comes together for the Blues, and these three will be at the heart of it.
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