Passing and shooting

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Eden Hazard has joined some illustrious former Blues in recording a half century of both goals and assists in the Premier League.

It may have only been a straightforward pass to Jorginho, who side-footed a peach of a shot into the top corner of the net, but in laying on the ball to his Blues team-mate for the winner at Craven Cottage, our brilliant Belgian became the 29th player in the competition's history to reach the 50-goal milestone for both goals and assists.

The list of those to have reached the mark in both categories reads almost like a who's who of the greatest attacking players of the Premier League era, with both the all-time leading scorer, Alan Shearer (260), and the leading assist-maker, Ryan Giggs (162) featuring on the list.

Of course, with the Blues established as one of the leading clubs in English football over the past two decades, we've seen several of our former stars add their name to this elite group of players.

Frank Lampard – 172 goals and 102 assists

Few players have been able to match Super Frank's consistency when it comes to contributing in the attacking third, so it should come as no surprise that he is both the fourth highest scorer and assister in Premier League history.

Despite being known for his unerring accuracy when shooting outside the box and the Hublot-like timing of his runs to finish off chances, our legendary No8 actually had better individual seasons when it came to seeing up his team-mates, topping the league for assists in 2004/05 (18), 2008/09 (10) and 2009/10 (14).

It was this last campaign, when we scored more than 100 goals on our way to winning the Premier League title and added the FA Cup for good measure, that he enjoyed his best goalscoring campaign, striking 22 times.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – 127 and 58

The club's long wait for a 20-goal-a-season player in the post-Kerry Dixon era finally came to an end when the Dutch destroyer joined us from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2000 for a club record fee.

It proved to be money well spent, as he won the Premier League Golden Boot in his first campaign, and he also finished third in the assists chart, too.

Only 12 players have ever scored more goals than Hasselbaink in the competition, but few have ever struck the ball as fiercely as the man who formed a lethal strike partnership with Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Didier Drogba – 104 and 54

During his first two seasons at the club it was claimed we didn't see the best of the Ivorian striker, who would go on to earn legendary status at the club with his winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final.

However, it should be noted he claimed more assists than any other player in the 2005/06 Premier League season, as we lifted the title for the second straight year, and it was one of three campaigns when he hit double figures in this category.

It is, of course, for his goalscoring that Drogba was best known, as a two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, and his tally of 29 goals in 2009/10, combined with 10 assists, was the year when he confirmed his status as one of the world's best strikers.

Eden Hazard – 81 and 50

We don't need statistics to tell us just how influential our No10 has been since his arrival in England seven years ago – we can see it with our own eyes every week and it's no surprise Blues fans have chosen him as Player of the Season on no less than three occasions.

However, the numbers also clearly add up when it comes to the little Belgian maestro, although it may surprise some to learn his current tally of 11 assists, which is the most in the division, has matched his seasonal best, which was previously set in his debut campaign of 2012/13.

This year is, however, the fifth that he has hit double figures for goals and he needs four more to equal his highest scoring season, which came in 2016/17 as he lifted the Premier League title for the second time.

Hazard leading the league for assists this term with 11, only player with double figures.

Damien Duff – 54 and 55

A fans’ favourite from the moment he joined the Blues from Blackburn Rovers during the first summer of the Roman Abramovich era, Duff formed a sensational wing partnership with Arjen Robben to help us win back-to-back Premier League titles.

He contributed six goals and seven assists in the first of those championship-winning seasons, in 2004/05, although he had bettered his assist tally the year before with nine.

The numbers could have been so much more had he not given just as much to the defensive, hard-working, less ostentatious side of the game, which simply added to his high status among the Blues faithful.

Cesc Fabregas – 50 and 111

We only said goodbye to the Spaniard a couple of months ago, as he ended a trophy-laden five years as a Blue by moving to Monaco.

His last Premier League goal for the club, and possibly ever, was also his 50th as he scored the winner at Swansea City last April, but let's not kid ourselves – Cesc didn't earn his magic hat song for scoring goals.

The second highest assist-maker in Premier League history provided a division-high 18 in his debut campaign at the club, which helped secure his first English top-flight winners' medal in 2014/15. He wasn't a regular started two years later as he helped us add another title, although that didn't stop him setting up his team-mates for 12 goals.

Juan Mata – 50 and 50

Can anyone point to a record of two Player of the Year awards in their only two completed seasons with a club?

Mata was the classic diminutive playmaker, leading the league for assists in 2012/13 with 12, which was one more than Hazard, and having contributed 13 the year before, which put him second in the division.

But that wand of a left peg wasn't just for teeing up others, as he also netted 12 times in the season after our Champions League triumph.

Many of his 18 league goals for the Blues were spectacular and, ironically, perhaps his best, a thunderous left-footed volley, came against Manchester United, the club he left us for in January 2014.

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