Nemanja Matic was a signing who made an immediate impact for Chelsea last season, and appears certain to be part of their first choice XI for 2014/15.
One thing the tough tackling Serbian did not do, was score a goal - but he did manage to do so against Vitesse Arnhem in this week's friendly.
Teammate and compatriot Branislav Ivanovic has backed him to do so, telling Chelsea's website:
"It’s great for him in terms of his confidence, he’s capable of scoring goals so hopefully now he can go on and score a few more."
Matic was not a regular scorer for former side Benfica, but did net six times in 56 Primeira Liga appearances. One of these was a spectacular volley which was nominated for FIFA's Puskas Award.
One thing is for sure, if Matic is to score for Chelsea next season, he will have to improve his accuracy.
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Matic landed only 15 per cent of his attempts on target, a poor return which with added confidence and adaptation, can surely only get better.
If he does become a regular goalscorer for Chelsea, then it will be a real bonus to the team, but if he does not, the Blues have enough talent in their side and attacking dangermen that they won't be impacted.