Chelsea’s Goal of the Month has just one decide for males’s staff
Those in search of a concise encapsulation of the present woes in Chelsea’s males’s staff want look no additional than the membership’s common Goal of the Month competitors, which is a barren affair this time round.
Graham Potter’s struggling aspect performed 5 occasions in February (4 video games within the Premier League and one within the Champions League) and scored only a single purpose in that length. Joao Felix’s early strike of their 1-1 draw at West Ham on Feb. 11 was the one purpose registered by the boys’s senior aspect throughout all the month.
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Chelsea at the moment are winless of their previous six outings underneath Potter (three attracts, three defeats) and have not gained a sport since Jan. 15. They’ve additionally scored solely 4 objectives in all competitions because the flip of the yr.
While Felix’s goal will not make the Premier League Goal of the Month competitors, it serves as the boys’s staff’s solely contribution to the Blues’ in-house contest which options three objectives scored by the ladies’s aspect (Fran Kirby and two for Lauren James) and two by youth gamers (Omari Hutchinson and Dion Rankine) within the improvement system.
Felix was pressured to take a seat out for almost all of January after being despatched off on his Chelsea debut in opposition to Fulham days after finishing his mortgage transfer from Atletico Madrid. The Portugal ahead then missed the primary fixture in February via suspension, solely to return to the fold and rating his first purpose for his new aspect in opposition to the Hammers.
While Felix’s Sixteenth-minute opener on the London Stadium was completely completed, it was hardly a marvel purpose that may echo within the halls of eternity. However, with Chelsea spending €329 million (in line with Transfermarkt) on new personnel through the January window, Felix’s volley is unquestionably the costliest purpose in Premier League historical past.
Looking again on a depressing and miserly February at Stamford Bridge, here is how a lot the brand new faces that arrived in January have supplied in a Chelsea shirt to date.
Joao Felix (€11m, mortgage payment from Atletico Madrid)
Chelsea’s most high-profile arrival in January was a wantaway Atletico ahead who continues to be ranked because the fourth costliest participant of all time (€126m). Despite being proven a crimson card for a reckless lunge on his debut, the 23-year-old Portugal worldwide has arguably been the Blues’ most profitable addition having scored the one purpose of their abysmal ongoing drought.
Enzo Fernandez (€121m switch from Benfica)
Argentina’s World Cup winner moved to the Blues on deadline day after agreeing an infinite 8½ yr contract as a part of a dizzying deal that broke the British switch file. The 22-year-old midfielder has performed 5 occasions since and pitched in with one help, supplying the cross that Felix transformed for his maiden purpose in opposition to West Ham.
Mykhailo Mudryk (€70m preliminary payment from Shakhtar Donetsk)
Mudryk was additionally handed an equally hefty contract after agreeing a 7½ yr deal to affix the Blues, which got here with the choice for an additional yr bundled in. The Ukraine winger has proven transient flashes of his nimble footwork however as but has not chipped in with a single purpose or an help in any of his six appearances.
Benoit Badiashile (€38m from Monaco)
The centre-back moved to the Blues after signing a seemingly customary 7½ yr contract and has amassed 5 video games, all coming within the Premier League. After tasting victory in opposition to Crystal Palace on his debut, the 21-year-old France worldwide is now winless in his final 4 appearances, culminating in a 1-0 shock defeat in opposition to struggling Southampton final day out. He was additionally not included of their Champions League squad for the remainder of the season as UEFA guidelines enable solely three new gamers to be registered for the knockout levels.
Noni Madueke (€35m from PSV Eindhoven)
Signed from PSV, the 20-year-old English winger has made three appearances for Chelsea within the Premier League (together with two begins) however is but to finish a full 90 minutes for his new membership.
David Datro Fofana (€12m from Molde)
Signed from Molde after a prolific season with the Norwegian champions, the 20-year-old Ivory Coast striker has performed 3 times for Chelsea however is but to finish a full 90 minutes, not to mention rating his first purpose for the membership.
Andrey Santos (€12.5m from Vasco da Gama)
Chelsea accomplished the signing of the younger Brazilian midfielder within the first week of January on one other long-term deal, although the 18-year-old is but to make his Blues debut. Instead, after starring for Brazil on the South American U20 Championship, he’s anticipated to return to Vasco on mortgage as he didn’t safe a piece allow to play in England.
Malo Gusto (€30m from Lyon)
Teenage right-back Gusto signed for Chelsea on a 6½-year contract on the finish of January and was instantly loaned again to former membership Lyon for the rest of the 2022-23 season.