I am one of the people who loves to promote the youth within the club. I would love nothing more than to see Tammy Abraham come into the Chelsea squad and win the golden boot every single season for the rest of his professional career. We all know that this will not happen, and the Blues will need to purchase one in the market. It’s getting to the point where Chelsea’s striking woes are going to cost the Blues points in a tight fight for the top four sooner rather than later.
I want to love Kai Havertz. I love watching the effort, and the pressing of the German native. However, he just cannot score right now. He had four or five great chances against Leeds, and never really troubled Illan Meslier. Against Everton when he looked great, he won a penalty and had a shot that was deflected in for an own goal. So, he’s still not scored from open play in a long time.
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Timo Werner is someone I also love to watch. He’s so fast and he generates chances like it’s nobody’s business. He’s great at chasing lost causes and he can generate shooting opportunities for fun. He has one goal in his last 20 league games, and he’s really struggling to find the net. He’s missed chances that were physically on the goal line, and he is just not showing that clinical edge everyone hoped he would come with when he was purchased from RB Leipzig in the summer.
Olivier Giroud is someone who people love to bring up when talking about this topic. He’s scored goals at the highest level, right? So, he should be able to lead the Chelsea line on a consistent basis—except he can’t. He’s not someone who can play week in and week out at the highest level. Giroud has a couple of good games a season. He’s not the striker he probably should have been when he was wasting away on the Arsenal bench.
That brings us to Tammy Abraham. I would love nothing more as an English Chelsea fan than to see an English youth academy product blossom into Chelsea’s desired No. 9. Seeing Abraham scoring for fun would go well with the Stamford Bridge faithful. Abraham might get there someday, but right now, his nagging injuries and scoring touch seem to be playing bigger hindrances on his form than his lack of confidence is. I know we all want to see Abraham do well, but he’s not available enough—a player’s best ability is always their availability.
Everyone in the Chelsea fanbase is excited by the rumors with Erling Haaland, and who wouldn’t love to see him in blue? The Blues need a striker more than they ever have, and they need to find a solution in the short-term before they can fix it in the transfer window. I do not know what to do, but I am not paid to make these decisions. I am just one of the fans who screams at the TV when they make mistakes. I do not want to rant and rave, but this is a need that was meant to be addressed when the team spent £250 million on players last summer.
Is there an internal answer in the squad? If Werner starts scoring, or Havertz finds some true form or a youth player can step in, maybe. But the truth is that you cannot have real title contending expectations with these players leading the line for the Blues. Roman Abramovich has, and always will have, ambitions of silverware. Trophies, titles and anything else you have to offer, Abramovich will want his side to win that competition. What competition are they winning with these strikers? Maybe the Johnstone’s paint trophy.
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