Chelsea’s attack has featured some legends of the English game over the years. Jimmy Greaves began his career at the club, scoring 132 goals for the Blues, and banners celebrating Peter Osgood still adorn Stamford Bridge.
More recently, Didier Drogba’s goals helped power Chelsea to four Premier League titles, while Frank Lampard became the club’s all-time top scorer.
But which player has been Chelsea’s best finisher? It’s impossible to say for certain for course, and supporters are sure to have their own views on the matter. If we limit ourselves to just looking at the last nine seasons, we can at least use data to see which player the numbers say comes out on top.
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To assess finishing, we’ll refer to Opta’s clear-cut chance statistic. These are the golden opportunities players love to receive, and which the data provider define as “a situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score, usually in a one on one scenario or from very close range”.
By looking at these, and ignoring penalties, we can work out who has been the best finisher with the best chances. The available data goes back to the start of the 2011/12 season, and we’ll only consider players with at least 20 clear-cut chances in the Premier League so that our contenders all have a reasonable sample to play with. Here’s Chelsea’s top five.
5. Alvaro Morata. 13 goals from 40 attempts, 32.5% conversion
Non-penalty clear-cut chances are converted roughly 39 per cent of the time in the Premier League. It says something for some of Chelsea’s strikers over the last decade – Abraham, Torres and Giroud, for instance – that they’re behind Morata in this list, and he’s a fair way short of par.
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