Sky Sports have highlighted some absolutely horrific numbers from our opening 14 games this season, revealing how our 7 attackers have mustered just ONE goal in 3412 minutes this season.
Here’s the alarming stats which have shocked punters and fx traders, showing how Almiron, Atsu, Carroll, Gayle, Joelinton, Muto and Saint-Maximin have scored just once between them:
Here’s how many goals attackers in other bottom half sides have produced this season compared to us:
- Watford – 6 – (Deulofeu 2, Gray 2, Pereyra 1, Hughes 1).
- Southampton – 9 – (Ings 6, Djenepo 2, Redmond 1).
- Norwich – 12 – (Pukki 6, Cantwell 3, Hernandez 1, Srbeny 1, Drmic 1).
- West Ham – 10 – (Haller 4, Yarmolenko 3, , Snodgrass 2, Antonio 1, Hernandez 1)
- Everton – 11 – (Calvert-Lewin 3, Richarlison 3, Bernard 2, Iwobi 1, Sigurdsson 1, Tosun 1).
- Newcastle – 1 – (Joelinton 1)
- Crystal Palace – 6 – (Ayew 4, Zaha 1, Townsend 1).
- Brighton – 10 – (Maupay 4, Trossard 2, Connolly 2, Gross 1, Andone 1)
- Bournemouth – 13 – (C.Wilson 5, H.Wilson 4, King 3, Fraser 1).
Most fans wouldn’t have needed to see these stats to realise just how much we’ve struggled in the final third this season, but the figures become all the more alarming when you compare them to our competition in the bottom half. It really does highlight just how far behind we are.
Saint-Maximin has been superb in terms of the threat he carries on the counter and his ability to make something happen from nothing, but he’s not known to be a goal scorer. That combined with Joelinton and Almiron’s woefully low confidence in the final third shows how essential it is we recruit in January to take the pressure of their shoulders.
Not only is Almiron struggling badly and Joelinton struggling to adapt to English football / fit into our system, their potential replacements aren’t giving Bruce enough of a selection headache, with Carroll doing little but throw himself about in late cameos and Gayle barely getting a kick whenever he’s come on. Atsu has looked lively in bursts, but he’s an impact sub and a useful squad player – not the answer to our goalscoring issues.
Our team relies on us keeping it tight at the back, staying in games and taking our chances on the counter when the opportunity arises, but that’s a dangerous game to play and not sustainable based on the number of times big goals from defenders (they’ve scored SEVEN between them) have bailed us out.
The approach was similar last season, but Rafa Benitez’s side had two goal scorers in Rondon and Perez (who both ended the season in double figures), as well as a system that got the best out of Miguel Almiron.
Unless we defend superbly and continue to somehow get goals from elsewhere, can we really beat the drop this season if this trend continues?