Remember the days of Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba, and Fernando Torres all in one team? Or the season where Didier Drogba returned to play behind Diego Costa, Torres, and Loic Remy.
We had never really been short of striking options – until now.
I cannot remember a time where our striking options were so thin.
Chelsea hosted Burnley in yesterday’s Premier League tie. Both clubs took a point away from the draw – two points dropped from a Chelsea perspective.
Despite scoring seven goals against Norwich two weeks ago, Chelsea has faced problems in front of goal with Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku out with injury. Safe to say that a fully fit Olivier Giroud could have filled the void in their absence, don’t you think?
It’s games like these that make you remember the forgotten players who were capable of bailing the team out of sticky situations. Giroud was not favourable to becoming Chelsea’s number one striker, however, his importance to the team was highlighted yesterday. Even when he’s not here, I still think about the Frenchman and his lustrous hair.
How often would we see an ageing Giroud use his hold-up play and killer instinct in front of goal to produce a result for the Blues? He was as clinical as they came in most situations. At a time where both of Chelsea’s strikers are injured, we could have benefited from having a classic goal scorer up top.
Let me continue by saying, I understand why Tuchel and the Chelsea board decided that it was time to move Giroud on. He was not going to be happy sitting on the bench forever and the boss simply did not have the Frenchman in his plans. To Giroud’s confusion, he questioned why he did not play a bigger role in the team under Tuchel. It also brings the question as to whether it was actually the right decision to move him on as well as Tammy Abraham.
Kai Havertz was able to net the only Chelsea goal of the afternoon. Coming off a signature Reece James cross, Havertz met the ball with his head to guide it into the back of the net. A sweet finish that was drowned by multiple missed chances. With 25 shots on goal, only 1 was successful. Every single outfield player for Chelsea, excluding N’Golo Kante, contributed to the shots tally.
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A sharp eye for goal on the occasion would help us out of sticky situations. In a match where there were so many chances created, the game should have been done and dusted in the first half. You give a striker like Giroud, Eto’o, Ba that many chances in front of goal, I can assure you that he would have made the difference on the scoreline – maybe not Fernando Torres though, given our history.
There will be more games like this to come, unfortunately. The frustrating matches where we did everything right apart from finishing the chances. We have lacked in chance creation for a large portion of the season and that problem seems to be getting better on a weekly basis. With Lukaku expected to be back after the international break, it’s difficult to remain worried over our problems in front of goal.
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