by Walter Broeckx
We have to be more clinical in front of goal. I think we all have said it or heard it over a million times these last 24 hours. And no one can argue this. Yes we had the chances to score goals and we missed them. But to be more clinical in front of goal how do you do this?
Is there some magical trick you can find? Maybe we could have a look at last season and see if we were clinical and how we did it.
Last year we scored a total in the EPL of 83 goals. An average of 2.1 goals per game. This year we scored 16 goals in the 7 played so far and this is an average of 2.2 goals per game. So we scored more goals so far. So just saying we ought to be more clinical is a bit easy as in fact number wise we tend to be more clinical. A small margin but it is better.
Now let us take a look at who scored all those goals for us last season.
6 goals were scored by a player who came on a free transfer and who is known under the name of Own Goal. So this leaves us with 77 goals we have scored ourselves.
And who did score those 77 goals? We had players like:
- Cesc 15
- Vermaelen 7
- Van Persie 9
- Walcot 3
- Ramsey 3
- Bendnter 6
And those players scored together a total of 43 goals. Those players together were responsible for 56 % of our goals that we scored ourselves. And take note that all those players could not participate in the Chelsea game because of injury. 56% this is more than half of the goals we scored. So to be more clinical I would suggest that we just have to get those players back to fitness. And if all goes well we should have them back at the end of this month or there about.
This also means that for the moment we have actually scored (marginally) more goals even without those important and most goal scoring people in our team.
Now that we are on to it let us take a look at the players who have left us and see how many goals we have missed from them. The players that have left us for various reasons are:
- Eduardo 2
- Gallas 3
- Silvestre 1
- Merida 1
And they scored in total some 7 goals or around 9% of our goals. So if the new players we have would score some 7 goals between them in the EPL we would have done as good as last season in terms of being clinical.
And finally we could have a look at the players that where fit in the last game and that took part in the game:
- Rosicky 3
- Nasri 2
- Vela 1
- Denilson 3
- Song 1
- Arshavin 10
- Eboue 1
A total of 21 goals in the whole season or 27 % of the goals we scored in total.
So if you just look at the numbers it is obviously that we cannot be in the most clinical mood for the moment. Apart from Arshavin all our best goal scorers are out for the moment, injured.
In fact if you look at this it is almost a miracle that for the moment we score as many goals as we did last season. This means that the players we have left are doing what they can to make up for the players we are missing.
And the players that have scored for us this season are
- Fabregas 1
- Walcott 4
- 5 goals from the injured or 29%
- Song 1
- Arshavin 2
- Diaby 1
- Nasri 2
- Vela 1
- 7 goals from the old boys or 42%
- Chamakh 2
- Koscielny 1
- 3 goals from the new boys or 17 % of the goals scored.
So for the moment the new boys are doing rather well compared to the ones we lost from last season and the old boys who are fit are having a higher finishing level than last year.
So what can we expect from the season? If the injured come back we will have our scoring department back in order and we will have 2 world class players who can score lots of goals. We will have Walcott who was on fire and who is our top scorer for the current season and if he can come back to the level before his injury we will have plenty of options and different ways of playing and we will have speed in our attack.
So yes we have a bad spell, like most teams have in the season but just look at the number of goals our injured players score over a season and you can see that things can only improve WHEN they come back and IF they can stay fit.
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