Only Bournemouth and a bottom three of Everton, Burnley and Luton Town have scored fewer goals than Chelsea so far this season. The Blues have notched just five strikes in their opening five matches to achieve a rate that matches the dire 38 goals in 38 games the west London side achieved last term.
Already Mauricio Pochettino's side have underperformed their xG by more than five goals, per Understat. Chance creation does not appear to have been the problem so much as Chelsea's ability to convert them.
With just one win in the club's opening five games, scrutiny of Chelsea's ability in front of goal was inevitable. This is particularly true given the opportunity the Blues had to have a positive start to the season against beatable opposition.
As Pochettino noted following the draw with Bournemouth, there is a reality Chelsea are having to deal with. Their injury problems have ensured only Ben Chilwell had recorded more than three Premier League starts among the Blues' substitutes.
Nevertheless, there is an acceptance that Chelsea must deliver regardless of such circumstances. Scrutiny will continue until Pochettino's side offers answers that reflect in the Premier League table.
Already questions are arising around why Chelsea did not sign another striker in the transfer window. The Blues landed Nicolas Jackson ahead of pre-season, but speculation over a more proven addition remained until Pochettino admitted a new out-and-out striker was not in his plans in August.
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