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Chelsea’s appalling attacking stats under Graham Potter are seriously damning for a top six team

Chelsea’s appalling attacking stats under Graham Potter are seriously damning for a top six team

Chelsea are 10th in the Premier League.

A breakdown of Chelsea's attacking stats since Graham Potter became manager in September is already worrying supporters.

Potter left Brighton for the Blues in September after they decided to sack Thomas Tuchel.

New owner Todd Boehly was keen to rebuild the club after spending a record £278 million over the summer.

All seven signings came in with Tuchel's style in mind rather than Potter's. It's started to show in recent performances.

Chelsea are currently 10th in the Premier League table, 10 points behind Manchester United in fourth.

A 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Thursday evening was made even worse by injuries to Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic.

Sterling moved to Stamford Bridge from City in the summer and is the club's top goalscorer with six in all competitions. Here is where the lack of an attacking threat comes into play.

Before kick-off, Sky Sports flashed a graphic of Chelsea's stats since Potter walked through the door. They don't make for pretty reading.

They've scored 12 goals since September, putting them 14th in the league for that statistic. Considering three of those came in a 3-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers back in October, it's not like they've been spread out across games.

Chelsea's stats under Potter. (Image
Sky Sports)

The home starts are stacked against Potter, given he's only managed four Premier League home games. It's still a shock to see a big-six team rank bottom for shots and shots on target.

They've converted 13 per cent of those few shots they've had, putting them sixth in that metric. In theory, though, your conversion rate is higher if you take fewer shots.

Back in November, Potter told Sky Sports what he expects from his team. He said: "It's always about the players, about putting the players in the position that you think they can influence the game the most in.

"Of course, that boils down to how you see the game and how the game goes, but obviously we know it’s football and the scoreline can go against you or things can look a little bit different.

Potter could already be under pressure. (Image

"That’s always the idea, to keep a consistency in terms of how we’re playing and how the team looks depending on the players we have, depending on the capability of the team we’re playing.

"Because that’s something we’re having to juggle for the last five or six weeks, just an incredible amount of games, key injuries to a few players and trying to work out who can do what and it’s a bit of a minefield shall we say."

Chelsea have already completed the signings of David Datro Fofana and Benoit Badiashile in January, while rumours of moves for Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk continue to swirl.

Will Graham Potter end up being a success under the Todd Boehly regime? Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Sky Sports

Topics: Chelsea, Graham Potter, Premier League