Chelsea's need for a striker is as obvious now as it was over the summer. It's also still clear that their creative players still don't quite add enough and the lack of goals from midfield only escalates things.
What has changed under Mauricio Pochettino is chance creation. The Blues are at least getting into strong and dangerous positions this term. In fact, two months into the season and their attacking play has been up there with some of the best teams in the league, the finishing has been as bad as it gets.
They are underperforming their xG by 6.83 goals so far, more than one goal per game — effectively scoring one less goal each match than they would be expected to. The next-most profligate is Everton with 5.75; after that there is nobody above 2.60.
There have been undeniable issues, and Pochettino has felt his fair share of heat for tactical experimentation that includes Ben Chilwell as a left-winger — no longer an issue due to his injury — and Enzo Fernandez in an extremely advanced area of the pitch as well.
What they haven't been able to find is a way to convert shots and dangerous positions. Final third decision making and execution is a serious problem and not one that can be particularly reflected in the stats. Cole Palmer promises to change that if given a run in the side but will have, as is evident, plenty of work to do.
With a young squad it is also not something that is easily remedied. How are young players taught composure? It's not a movement that can be defined on the training ground like tactical instructions or shape.
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