Out of all their injury woes to start the season, Chelsea supporters are probably rueing Christopher Nkunku's the most right now. After struggling to score and be consistent in front of goal over their first five fixtures, the Blues are desperately counting down the weeks until the French international's return.
After his summer arrival, the 25-year-old was seen as the main attacking force in Mauricio Pochettino's revamped Chelsea side before a knee injury in preseason dramatically cut those hopes short. Now it seems clear that the Blues boss is missing a vital piece of his plan for Blues dominance given the fact that it's now been over four hours since they last scored a Premier League goal.
With Nkunku missing, a majority of the pressure has been dumped onto 22-year-old Nicolas Jackson, who arrived at Stamford Bridge over the previous window with a £32m price tag and nothing but a good run of 12 games in La Liga under his belt. Now he's being asked to lead the line in a new country, a new much faster, much stronger league with no one but youth players behind him on the depth chart.
Teammate Armando Broja is set for a return over the next few weeks, with the 22-year-old having been out since December when he suffered an ACL injury in a friendly over the winter break for the World Cup. Since then, he's been working his way back to full fitness and has been pictured training over the last two weeks.
But past the pair, there's no real Premier League experience that the Blues can rely upon when times get tough. Well, enter Ivan Toney.
The Brentford striker might be serving an eight-month suspension for 232 violations of the FA's gambling and betting regulations but ahead of his return in mid-January, Chelsea have reportedly beenRead on football.london