Over recent years, Chelsea have lacked goal-scoring midfielders.
It has often been the topic of conversation amongst Chelsea fans who remember the days of Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Michael Essien, Oscar, and so on. They used to enjoy an influx of midfielders who would pop up with a goal.
Whether it would be a screaming long range effort, or a goal inside the box, these guys could contribute to goals in all kinds of ways.
But when you look at last season in particular, you see the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, and N’Golo Kante. Great players, but offered nowhere near enough attacking contributions.
Chelsea only really had Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who struggled with injuries, and Ross Barkley, who struggled with form, as their midfield goal threats.
It is SO important to have a number of midfielders who can provide a goal or an assist. Chelsea have relied far too heavily on just Eden Hazard to get those for us over recent years.
Chelsea goals scored in 18/19 Premier League = 50.
Eden Hazard’s contribution:
⚽️ 13 goals
🅰️ 11 assists
Hazard involved in 48% of the Premier League goals scored by CFC.
— #TouchlineFracas 🧢⌛️ (@ChessyHour) March 12, 2019
Eden Hazard's 69 goals and 39 assists represents 25.2% contribution to goals scored by Chelsea (425) since he joined the club, Only about 2% less than Frank's and better than any other player's. Messi in Barca has 44.2%, Ronaldo in Madrid 40.2%. pic.twitter.com/5zWBNKLpmJ
— Lonewalker. (@OnlyMeIsMen) July 30, 2018
This season looks hopeful that we might well be seeing a few more goal contributions from deeper.
Ross Barkley has come out flying in pre-season. He’s scoring, assisting, and is creating lots of chances. If he can continue this, it will make a big difference to our season.
Then we have Mason Mount, who is mirroring Barkley with his goal contributions and attacking threat.
And for the first time in a while, I can now say that we have a THIRD midfielder in the same squad who also offers a real goal threat – Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The bad news of course is he is out injured and we don’t know how soon he will return. But the bottom line is he is there, and another attacking threat from midfield.
With Lampard switching up and trying new formations, you may also be able to add Christian Pulisic, Kenedy, Willian and Pedro to that goal scoring threat from midfield, if Lampard decides to use them in the ten role.
Without getting too carried away, I’m pretty excited by the goal threats we are looking to have from different areas this season. It will make a huge difference.