Opinion: Chelsea midfielders have to start shooting and be less afraid

Matt Debono

Chelsea have always been known to have goalscoring midfielders within their ranks, and it's fair to say we've been quite fortunate over the years.

It's become a reoccurring theme for the Blues this season to heavily rely on Eden Hazard to carry us through game, and provide the match winning moments, but sooner or later, someone else is going to have to step up to the plate.

N'Golo Kante scored on Sunday for his third of the season, and Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have had their spells of bagging goals but it's more than that.

Let's go back in time. Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Raul Meireles. All midfielders who weren't afraid to have a strike if the ball fell to them on the edge of the area. You can even turn to the defenders, Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole, Juliano Belleti - remember that goal at the Riverside against Middlesbrough? Wow, what a finish.

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Remember Michael Essien's unbelievable goal against Barcelona? (Credit / AsampaNews)

You now look at the current crop at Chelsea, and you think, none of those midfielders are going to have effort if it arises are they. Too busy trying to walk it into the back of the net, and play 'Sarriball'. Sometimes you have to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and take charge.

Jorginho, and the rest of the midfield, are too busy thinking about playing a pass to feet, side to side, not playing cutting edge ball or having a strike from distance. He had a perfect opportunity in the second-half of the game against Palace, but he decided to clip it into the box. It is always worth a try.

N'Golo Kante has scored a few from the edge of the area, but unlike old times, you don't get the feeling when someone is on the edge of the box, that they have a real chance of finding the net here.

Pinpointing just the midfielders would be unfair, even the star man Eden Hazard, he tries to be too clever instead of striking it.

Maurizio Sarri needs to instil braveness in those players to have courage to have a go. Goals will start ticking over eventually from the midfield department and it will certainly take the pressure off the forward men.

Be brave, have courage. If you don't try, you'll never know.

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