Chelsea fans weighing up the efforts of Frank Lampard’s men a month ago, might have rated them quite highly. Despite a rough patch in December, the fourth-placed Blues had pulled off an impressive 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium, and when they beat Burnley 3-0 on January 11, they earned some breathing space, with a five-point lead over Manchester United.
But two points from the next four games saw that gap close. A crucial victory over Spurs at the weekend has steadied the ship a little, but more teams are now in the hunt. Manchester United are just three points behind, with a better goal difference, while Spurs and Sheffield United are one point further back and even Wolverhampton Wanderers are only five points behind Lampard’s side.
At this point, fans thinking about placing a bet on the Blues season finish at online betting apps are looking at a situation in which Chelsea could plausibly finish anywhere from fourth to eighth. And with Everton, Arsenal and Burnley also in the hunt, it is even possible for the Blues to drop out of the top ten. Even if that scenario is unlikely, the situation is a worrying one for Blue fans.
And it isn’t hard to see why Chelsea have begun to struggle. Six goals in their last five Premier League games tells the story. Lampard’s side are creating chances, but they aren’t getting the goals that their good play deserves, and that could put their top four place in jeopardy.
So far, the goals have come mainly from young striker Tammy Abraham. The rising star has been a revelation this season and has found the net 15 times in all. But given his inexperience, it was inevitable that he wouldn’t be able to shoulder the goalscoring burden on his own, which explains why Chelsea fans were hopeful that reinforcements would be arriving during the January transfer window.
The lack of business in January wasn’t for want of trying. According to media reports, Chelsea had expressed an interest in Jadon Sancho, Edinson Cavani…