Chelsea have had 12 different goal scorers in the Premier League this season – more than any other side. Gary Cahill and Demba Ba scored their first goals of the season during a 3-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday.
Chelsea have perhaps not had quite the start to the season they would have hoped for following the return to Stamford Bridge of Jose Mourinho, the most successful manager in the club’s history.
Inconsistent performers from a number of the Blues’ star players in the early stages of the season was a matter of concern for the Portuguese coach and the fans alike. After taking 10 points from their first five games in the Premier League, the Blues have also picked up 10 points from their last five this term, following their thrilling 4-3 win over basement side Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening.
Despite a scare in the last 6 minutes of the game, the Blues were comfortable throughout the game – sloppy concession of simple goals made life a little harder than it needed to be for Mourinho’s men but, nonetheless, they emerged victorious with all three points, keeping pace with Arsenal four points ahead of them and Manchester City two points behind them in 3rd who also won their midweek games.
A brace from Eden Hazard and the opener from Frank Lampard as well as an own goal by the Black Cats’ Bardsley steered the Blues to the win – the form, confidence and, more importantly, goal tallies of Chelsea’s striker has been a point of contention for pundits and commentators this season as well as a real concern for the boss and the fans.
Fernando Torres has scored just one goal in the league, as has Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o has scored two and new forward signing Andre Schurrle has scored one. None of the formerly prolific goal scorers is finding the back of the net on a regular and consistent enough basis but, crucially, there is one very good reason the Blues and the boss ought not panic.
Chelsea have more different goals scorers this term than any other team in the Premier League. So far Chelsea have 12 different scorers – as well as the forwards aforementioned, Willian has scored one, Eden Hazard has scored six now after a fantastic performance on Wednesday, Oscar has five, Frank Lampard has four, John Obi Mikel has one, Branislav Ivanovic has one, John Terry has two, and Gary Cahill has one.
No other team in the league has that number of different scorers – it may be somewhat unorthodox, especially for Chelsea who have in recent years relied so heavily on the goal tallies of strikers like Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and previously Gianfranco Zola. It’s unusual for the Blues to be spreading goals around the team as they are at present but it ought not be a concern.
It’s that team effort that has them four points off the top of the table with the chance to reduce it to just one possibly or even to move top by Christmas Day this year. Some might say Chelsea have a striker problem but no one could say they have a goalscoring problem and, when you think about it that way, what’s the problem?
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