Chelsea prove why Lukaku signing was necessary as Reece James strikes twice against Newcastle

St James’ Park has not been the easiest place to play as a Chelsea player. We’ve shared some flukey moments with the Newcastle players in the past and prior to the match, it felt like it would be no different.

Thank goodness that was not the case.

Chelsea’s forwards were out of ideas but that was no problem for the Blues. Reece James’ heroics kept the Blues top of the table for the third game running. Two emphatic goals from the right wing-back left Newcastle fans speechless – they may just have to change their stadium name to ‘Reece James’ Park’.

Whilst James may have turned the stadium into his playground, you have to ask why our attackers fell short.

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Reece James of Chelsea celebrates his first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea
Reece James Celebrating his goal against Newcastle

Chelsea travelled down to Newcastle over the weekend and what started off as a recipe for disaster in front of goal, ended in glorious victory. Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount, and Christian Pulisic were all unavailable to play.

Credit to Chelsea that they were able to come away with a result despite four of their best attackers being out of the equation; however, with the calibre of attackers at their disposal, the performance was simply not good enough.

Hakim Ziyech has struggled in front of goal since joining the Blues officially from Ajax in the 2020 summer transfer window. The Moroccan was set to bring his football wizardry over from the Netherlands but it appears that he may have left it in their capital. He shows a lot of promise however, he may need to work on being a tad bit more clinical.

A couple of offsides, a missed big chance, a “so close but so far away” freekick, and lack of finishing held Ziyech back and saw him taken off duty by the 64th minute.

The Morrocan was not alone in the attack’s failed attempts to put the Blues ahead. Kai Havertz also fell short whilst occupying the number 9 position which suited him so well on the back end of last season. Considering that he is not naturally a striker, I guess missing that killer instinct in front of goal is to be expected.

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The sustainability of this attack should be questioned, however with our wingbacks consistently finding ways to bail us out of trouble, it’ll probably go under the radar. Far too often, Ben Chilwell and Reece James have come to Chelsea’s rescue when the attackers fell short.

Some would say this is a champion’s way to play football. Goals from all ends of the pitch, creativity coming through the wings. I would say it’s nice for now, but unsustainable if these injuries occur again. With Lukaku, Werner and Pulisic not likely to make an appearance against Malmo in midweek, I guess we will see who will take on the goal-scoring responsibility.

For now, we’re top of the league. Couldn’t ask for a better way to end my weekend and start my week.

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