IT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME – Graham Potter’s biggest problem at Brighton was goalscoring and it’s the same problem for him at Chelsea
Anyone who thought Graham Potter would make Chelsea an aggressive team capable of scoring a lot of goals must have been dreaming.
Potter is familiar with Chelsea’s goal drought because he also experienced it while playing for Brighton.
Despite finishing ninth in the Premier League last season, Brighton’s best season under Potter, scoring goals was still an issue for his squad.
Only 42 goals were scored by Brighton in the Premier League last year. In the previous season, only four clubs scored fewer goals than Brighton, and three of those teams were dropped.
In the final third, Chelsea is currently significantly worse than Potter’s Brighton was in 2021–2022. In their 17 league games, Chelsea under Potter has only scored 15 goals, averaging 0.9 goals per game.
Moreover, Chelsea’s goal-scoring has declined under Potter as opposed to Thomas Tuchel. With Tuchel, Chelsea averaged 2 goals per game in the Premier League the previous season and 1.3 goals per game this season before he was fired.
Todd Boehly may have expected better after firing Tuchel, but under Potter, Chelsea has only averaged 0.9 goals per game.
Chelsea averaged 1.7 goals per game in 63 league games under Tuchel, nearly twice as many as the Blues did under Potter.
Additionally, when compared to Potter, Chelsea had a greater xG (1.7 to 1.2), more shots (15.2 to 11.9), and more big opportunities (2.4 to 1.9).
Given the attacking talent at Chelsea’s disposal under Potter as opposed to under Tuchel, the attack should be improving, not deteriorating.
In all honesty, Potter isn’t a good enough player for Chelsea.