Chelsea do not possess many weaknesses once assessing the first-team squad, with Thomas Tuchel able to deliver the Champions League trophy last season without making a single new signing.
Nevertheless, the Blues have showcased a desire to improve during the summer by looking to bring high-quality players to Stamford Bridge as Tuchel chases his first Premier League crown.
Romelu Lukaku and Jules Kounde were linked, with the former signing in order to address one of few deficiencies demonstrated by Chelsea last season.
Simply put, their attack was strong throughout the campaign; Only Liverpool and Manchester City posted more shots than Chelsea, and only those two outfits accumulated a greater Expected Goals total.
However, when it comes to finding the back of the net and converting those shots into goals, the Blues scored fewer than seven other teams including West Ham United and Leeds United.
The gap between Chelsea’s shooting and scoring can be largely explained by poor finishing, as Tuchel’s men failed to convert at an expected level.
A team which scores more than their Expected Goals has overperformed and exhibited better than average finishing, whereas the opposite is the case for the teams who score fewer than expected.
City and Tottenham ranked at the top of the table for finishing last season, scoring roughly 10 goals more than expected as a consequence of strong conversion in comparison to the average player.
Chelsea, by contrast, underperformed by around 8.4 goals, which highlights how the shots created by the team weren’t always maximised by those responsible for finishing the moves.
Tuchel’s players generated shots worth roughly 56.4 goals last season, but they managed to score just 48 times – excluding penalties – which captures their struggles.
Only five sides in England’s top-flight underperformed by more than Chelsea, which is largely why the signature of Lukaku makes sense, with the Belgian likely to offer reliable solutions in the penalty box.
The finishing shown by the Belgian international hasn’t been particularly outstanding in recent times – scoring 3.5 goals more than expected over the past four seasons – but it is certainly good enough to put Chelsea’s finishing issue to bed.
This season, he could prove to be the difference between a good and a great campaign for Tuchel’s men.
Source by Football London