There is a general belief that no club wins titles without having a powerful striking force. The stats reveal that Chelsea’s total of 60 league goals scored in 35 games this season is the lowest in the top six. Chelsea’s attack is a shadow of what it was last season when we won the title, averaging 1.78 goals per game in the Premier League and converting just 10.9 percent of shots. In 2016-17 those numbers were 2.24 and 14.6 percent. A major reason for the downturn in Chelsea’s attacking and scoring prowess is the lack of goals by our striking force.
Another stat that exposes our struggle is the fact that Eden Hazard is the club’s top scorer in the league this season. This raises a question mark over the potency of our striking force. The trio of Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata have all been used this season, the sum of their efforts have not been good enough to propel Chelsea. However, a case can be made for both Batshuayi and Giroud. The former was not really trusted by Conte to lead the line to great effect, while the latter just arrived at the club in January and has been a great addition to the side with some stellar performances. On the flip side, Alvaro Morata’s largely underwhelming performances this season has proved costly for Chelsea. He was bought to replace the enigmatic Diego Costa, but has failed to match or better the contributions of the Brazilian.
Much is still and will be expected from Chelsea striking force from now and even next season. Giroud and Morata must realize that they carry the scoring burden of the team. With the FA Cup on the horizon and games still to play this season, our prospects of winning silverware and maintaining our slim chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, the scoring form of both players will be very crucial. More so, Conte and his coaching staff really need to find a system that would fit them to ensure the fire Chelsea to glory.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!