Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf believes his former side should have signed Harry Kane this summer and insisted their problems this season can be traced to the lack of an experienced striker.
The Mauricio Pochettino's era has got off to a rocky start at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues 14th on the table with just five points in six matches following Saturday's 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at home.
Chelsea spent £400million on players this summer, with Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku bolstering their attacking options.
But the former has scored just once in six Premier League games, while the latter is out injured until the December and Leboeuf believes Chelsea missed a trick by not signing an established striker in the summer.
‘That surprises me a lot, and I’ve seen so many possibilities for them to score goals and they didn’t,' he told ESPN.
‘Nicolas Jackson has a future, but last year he was struggling until the other striker from Villarreal got injured so he came on.
‘After that, Enzo Fernandez is not a top scorer. [...] Raheem Sterling has never been a top scorer.
'He has been so clumsy in front of the goal, but he does have other qualities.
‘Mykhailo Mudryk we don’t know what he’s worth because he just came from nowhere for £100m.
‘And the others, I don’t know. Christopher Nkunku is injured so we’ll have to wait until he comes back.'
The Blues have invested £1bn in the transfer market since Todd Boehly took charge of the club 18 months ago, but their profligacy in front of goal has been a key issue.
Chelsea scored just 38 Premier League goals last season, the second-lowest tally in a single campaign in club history after the 31 they scored when they were relegated in 1923-24.
So far this season, the Blues have missed more bigRead on m.allfootballapp.com