Crunching some numbers! (Part 1)
With the transfer window around the corner and the discussions around concerning our lack of forward prowess as popular as ever, I thought I'd have a go at analyzing some of the seasons statistics!
The hopes of this article are to give some insight into some of the most talked about subjects here on Vital Chelsea. This time however, I wanted to use a bit more of a statistics-based approach to fuel the discussion!
The most obvious place to start here would be comparing our ability to create and convert chances. Out of the top three, you might be surprised to hear that our boys in blue actually place second in the amount of chances created over the course of the season, as can be seen below.
Chances created Premier League 2013/14
1. City - 494
2. Chelsea - 483
3. Liverpool - 454
Considering the number of goals scored, we get the following conversion rate from these chances;
1. Liverpool - 2.15%
2. City - 19.43%
3. Chelsea - 14.29%
Out of these goals, strikers from the respective team have stood for;
1. Liverpool - 50 or 52.10% (Suarez, Sturridge, Aspas)
2. City - 42 or 43.75% (Aguero, Dzeko, Negredo, Jovetic)
3. Chelsea - 18 or 26.01% (Eto'o, Ba, Torres)
Conclusion: We are creating enough chances; however we are too ineffective in our attempts to convert. Our midfield, contributing with a total of 42 league goals; have a staggering 60.1% contribution to total goals scored in the Premier League campaign.
Unsurprisingly, the bottom line is that YES our strikers have let us down for yet another season and this area is in perhaps the greatest need of strengthening. Who do you see as possible investments to sharpen our attack?
In the second part of this article I will be analyzing our highly debated central midfield so stay tuned!
BONUS: Did you know that Chelsea's defenders have collectively created 66 (Luiz excluded) chances this season? That's 11 more chances than the strikers!
Thanks for reading!