The cat is out of the bag. Chelsea are gearing up for yet more transfers in the near future.
Mauricio Pochettino, working with a squad plagued by injuries but with an ongoing £1billion repair job done to it, can see what has been apparent for quite some time. If the big chances missed didn't make it clearthen the lack of fit first team striker for the trip away to Fulham on Monday will have.
Chelsea will travel to their neighbours without £30million summer acquisition Nicolas Jackson due to a suspension the 22-year-old picked up for a quick burst of early-season yellow cards. Warned about the need to be more sensible and to grow up, the squad responded by picking up two suspensions in the same half of football.
It's something that comes with the nature of a young squad but doesn't go any distance to helping Pochettino get towards improving results. The forward area, which will now be one that is looked at closely during the game at Craven Cottage and for weeks to come, is the obvious position of weakness.
Chelsea are without Christopher Nkunku, granted, and he was expected to be their top scorer for the season despite having never played a Premier League game before. That says a lot about the group that are playing back-up to him. When he does return over the winter there's a large chance that he's no more than six or seven goals behind being top scorer anyway.
Outside of Nkunku, there has been a lot of promise from Jackson but just one goal in the league. He looks like a player that can become a well established striker in England but his catalogue of early-season misses demonstrates that it's not there just yet.
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