At various different stages of this season Chelsea boss Frank Lampard sounded a little like a broken record.
Far too often he watched his side control matches, create countless goalscoring opportunities, and then concede a cheap goal to either suffer a painful defeat or a demoralising draw.
And it was around January that Lampard’s post-match interviews all started to blur into one.
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January 1: “In the first half, the game was there to be won. We weren’t ruthless enough. We got the goal and we had the possession. But we just didn’t kill the game off.”
January 24: “We are always dominating possession or having the lion’s share of it, we are always having 15 or 20 shots on goal, but we are not making it count in terms of goals and firm results.”
February 29: “I want our attackers scoring goals and they haven’t. We wanted to win, we should have won but it’s a difficult league. It’s that cut throat part of the season. If we keep having games like this and we are not clinical it’s tough.”
This profligacy has hurt Chelsea. Which is why the Blues are in pursuit of a striker this summer and top of their list, according to reports, is Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.
The 23-year-old was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in January but the club opted to keep faith with Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
However, the latter’s contract expires in 2021 is likely to be sold this summer while Giroud, as things stand, can leave Chelsea on a free at the end of the campaign.
Abraham can’t handle the goalscoring burden alone.
He has netted 13 times in the Premier League this season – an impressive return for his debut campaign in a Blues shirt – yet the 22-year-old isn’t the most clinical; his goals per 90 of 0.57 in the Premier League is a touch below his expected goals per 90 of…