What Next If Chelsea Don’t Sign Haaland?

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Thomas Tuchel’s Team Desire A Centre-forward, But Borussia Dortmund Are Unwilling To Let Go Of Their Prized Asset.

The Germany star missed a staggering 18 big chances in the Premier League alone — only four players missed more — and massively underperformed his Expected Goals. Scoring only six PL strikes from 11.9xG, the Chelsea attacker’s underperformance was the greatest in the English top flight in 2020/21.

Having said that, the Blues’ poor return in front of goal represents a broader team issue that has plagued the club in the last two seasons under Frank Lampard and, recently, Thomas Tuchel.

Interestingly, Chelsea fell short in front of goal in the legend’s debut season, scoring 69 times from 76.23xG, thus underperforming by 7.23 — the highest underperformance in the top half. Their defensive and goalkeeping woes also led to the concession of an inordinate number of goals, which nearly foiled their top-four chase.

In essence, the five-time Premier League winners should have comfortably finished third in 19/20, rather than battle for a Champions League spot until the final day of the season.

The Germany star missed a staggering 18 big chances in the Premier League alone — only four players missed more — and massively underperformed his Expected Goals. Scoring only six PL strikes from 11.9xG, the Chelsea attacker’s underperformance was the greatest in the English top flight in 2020/21.

Having said that, the Blues’ poor return in front of goal represents a broader team issue that has plagued the club in the last two seasons under Frank Lampard and, recently, Thomas Tuchel.

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Interestingly, Chelsea fell short in front of goal in the legend’s debut season, scoring 69 times from 76.23xG, thus underperforming by 7.23 — the highest underperformance in the top half. Their defensive and goalkeeping woes also led to the concession of an inordinate number of goals, which nearly foiled their top-four chase.

In essence, the five-time Premier League winners should have comfortably finished third in 19/20, rather than battle for a Champions League spot until the final day of the season.

There was a similar pattern last year, despite the Blues’ European success.

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