joining Chelsea last summer, Cole Palmer has been nothing short of amazing. Bobby Vincent examines how the deal went too far for the Blues.


“I prefer not to blame [not scoring] on luck. It’s an uncontrollable thing. That is obviously necessary for a game.”

That was stated in a press conference by an irate Graham Potter fourteen months ago. Almost everyone at the time seemed to agree that Potter’s future at Chelsea was not very bright.

Potter’s replacement would very definitely inherit the goalscoring woes that had also plagued Thomas Tuchel throughout his fruitful tenure with the team. That guy was Mauricio Pochettino, and early signs suggested the Argentine would also be entrusted with resolving one of the biggest footballing puzzles: how to get a team to score goals on a regular basis.

It wasn’t as though Chelsea hadn’t made an attempt to add players to boost their success in the closing stages. Romelu Lukaku, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and many others were brought in for large salaries under Potter and Tuchel. All of these players have been successful goal scorers for previous teams.


Even though Sterling and Mudryk are still playing today, it was never the case at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel and Potter were unable to determine the underlying cause of the issue. and the Chelsea staff who operate in the background.

As soon as Pochettino was formally named head coach on July 1, 2023, it was widely anticipated—more accurately, assumed—that Chelsea would sign a qualified No. 9 during the summer transfer window. Nicolas Jackson, a gifted but somewhat inexperienced center forward who had a fantastic season-ending performance with Villarreal in Spain, was the striker that was brought in.


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