It wasn't the lack of a goalscorer that caused Chelsea's second-half collapse against Newcastle but in different circumstances, Mauricio Pochettino's men might have been ahead before things went sour. Although Raheem Sterling's free-kick came from nothing there were still opportunities to make the home side pay, ones that weren't taken.
Conor Gallagher cut inside well after intercepting Nick Pope's poor clearance and Enzo Fernandez was thwarted by a brilliant save.On the counter-attack, there were multiple moments that a more clinical side would have taken advantage of but that isn't Chelsea.
This is a team, remember, that scored eight times in two games against the best sides in the country before the international break. Current first-choice striker Nicolas Jackson got half of those but is still far from the finished article. Despite the 22-year-old proving to be exactly what many would have predicted him to be, the club are turning attention towards finding answers he has been unable to bring.
With just one season of top-flight senior football under his belt it is not surprising that there are runs of form and also barren spells as well. His seven goals is a decent tally at this stage but someone with even slightly more composure or quality could have nearly doubled that, and this is without being too dramatic.
Jackson's xG underperformance in the league of -2.14 is effectively the same as Burnley, twice more than Nottingham Forest and Wolves, more than Liverpool. He has also been a yellow card collector with seven in his first 12 league games. What Chelsea expected from him is unsure but what they need in order to be closer to the top four/five now is clear.
In two words it is probably Victor Osimhen. The 24-year-oldRead on football.london