Pochettino resolves key issue at Chelsea before January transfer window

Pochettino resolves key issue at Chelsea before January transfer window

It’s not been the smoothest ride for Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea but the Argentine coach has shown signs that the Blues are on the right path to recovery.

The tumultuous 2022/23 season that saw the club finish 12th and miss out on European football is still fresh in the memory and many fans feared the worst when the current campaign saw Chelsea start with just one win in their first six Premier League games.

Four victories in their last eight, which also includes draws against Arsenal and Manchester City, have helped ease the pressure somewhat, with supporters now looking up the table in the hope that the club can start catching up to the sides above them.

One promising statistic that supports that tender optimism is the fact that Chelsea are only 13 goals away from matching last season’s poor tally of 38 strikes in the Premier League. That return was the lowest the Blues have ever managed in the Premier League era, with their previous lowest being the 46 goals scored during the 1995/96 campaign.

The goals have been shared around so far this season, with summer arrival Nicolas Jackson currently leading the way with seven in all competitions. Raheem Sterling is next with six, followed by Cole Palmer (four), Enzo Fernandez (three) and Mykhailo Mudruk (two).

Christopher Nkunku’s return from injury will no doubt give the Blues more options in forward areas and provide a boost, though the fact that Chelsea are closing in on last season’s tally during December is a good sign that the club is moving in the right direction.

There’s still room for improvement of course, and Chelsea’s reported transfer interest in Brentford striker Ivan Toney and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen would suggest that Pochettino is not wholly convinced there are enough goals in the side.

Looking in the other direction, the Blues conceded 47 goals in the Premier League last season. Only twice since 2000 had they conceded more during a single campaign, though after 14 games the tally of goals let in was just 15.

Compared to this season, Pochettino’s side shipped 22 goals after 14 games, showing that while the goals might be going in at one end, they still need to address what’s happening at the other. More time with the manager on the training pitches will no doubt help, with the Chelsea boss no doubt hoping that 2024 will see the club gradually get back to the high standards they set themselves.

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