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Premier League: Chelsea endure familiar feeling

With only 22 goals scored in 21 games this season, Graham Potter has yet to find a way to turn wealth of talent in his squad into a winning machine

Reuters London Published 05.02.23, 04:40 AM
Graham Potter.

Graham Potter. File picture

Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez shone on debut. Some other new faces hinted at their potential but, after a £300m January spending spree, the same problems weighed on the Blues in their 0-0 draw with Fulham on Friday.

With only 22 goals scored in 21 Premier League games this season, coach Graham Potter has yet to find a way to turn the wealth of talent in his squad into a winning machine.

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World Cup-winner Fernandez, bought this week for a British record of almost £107 million pounds from Benfica, flashed a shot just wide in the 72nd minute after an imperious first-half display of tackling and passing.

Fellow debutant David Datro Fofana, on as a substitute after the forward’s transfer from Molde of Norway, had a shot cleared almost off the line seven minutes later.

Noni Madueke, an England youth international who also came off the bench for his first appearance for Chelsea since signing from PSV Eindhoven, showed some pace and drive.

But for all the buzz created by the string of signings by the club’s new American owners in the mid-season transfer window, there was familiar frustration for the home fans as Chelsea struggled to break down their organised visitors.

“We didn’t do enough in terms of our attacking play to create more, which is something we need to do,” Potter told reporters.

“That bit of connection, that bit of fluidity, that bit of understanding that you need, we lacked a little bit.”

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