Frank Lampard left to rue Chelsea striker transfer mistake after Bournemouth draw

Edinson Cavani would have helped. Or Moussa Dembele. Or even Krzysztof Piatek.

But none of them arrived, and Chelsea ’s failure to buy a striker in January is now beginning to look like a costly mistake.

Nine points clear in fourth back in November, the gap has closed, and it took two goals from Marcos Alonso to rescue a point at Bournemouth.

With Tammy Abraham facing a further spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury and Olivier Giroud going scoreless again, Chelsea looked toothless up front.

They had 23 shots but had to rely on a 29-year-old wing-back for a point and are now winless in four Premier League away games – their longest such run in five years.

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Chelsea have also taken just 19 points from their last 16 games and are in danger of getting caught by the chasing pack.

Frank Lampard wanted a striker. But he didn’t get one. And Chelsea could end up counting the cost.

They were battered by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, where they failed to score at all.

And since the turn of the year, more than half of their Premier League goals have been scored by defenders.

You might think it’s Chelsea’s shaky defence that is their biggest problem, and they certainly creaked and wobbled in this one.

Bournemouth tore them apart with a two-goal burst in three crazy second-half minutes, when Jefferson Lerma and Josh King both hit the target.

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It could have been worse too, if not for some timely saves by Willy Caballero.

At times it was like Bayern all over again, with Bournemouth cutting through the Bus like the German giants did in their 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

But for Lampard, it all stems from Chelsea’s inability to take their chances, and the pressure that puts on a back four he has constantly chopped and changed.