Goalless Chelsea finish the season with their lowest ever goalscorer, despite spending £ 179m on attacking stars last summer, with Jorginho at the top of the table with just SEVEN … and all his penalties were!
- Jorginho scored seven goals – all penalties – to finish as the top scorer
- The Chelsea midfielder’s score is the club’s lowest point since World War II
- The Blues spent £ 179 million on Timo Werner and Kai Havertz last summer
- But the German duo only managed 10 Premier League goals between them
Despite attacking recruits making up a significant portion of Chelsea’s £ 220 million outlay last summer, midfielder Jorginho finished the 2020-21 season as their top goalscorer in the Premier League.
The midfielder shot seven penalties over the course of the 38-game season, the Blues’ lowest-ever leading scorer in a season where the club suffered no relegation.
The Italian’s seven goals is also the club’s lowest mark since World War II with Ian Hutchinson in 1974-75, finishing 21st in the former First Division before being relegated.
Jorginho finished as Chelsea’s lowest ever league scorer in a non-relegation season
The Italy midfielder scored seven penalties to finish as the Blues’ top goalscorer
CHELSEA TOP PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL SCORERS 2020-21
1. Jorginho – 7
Tammy Abraham – 6
2. Mason Mount – 6
2. Timo Werner – 6
The Blues’ lowest total is among the five Andy Wilson scored in the 1923-24 season, while Jimmy Windridge only got better once in 1909-10.
Jorginho, 29, scored his penalties against Brighton, Tottenham, Sheffield United, Everton and Leicester, while two more came in the same match against Crystal Palace.
But his count came in a season when Chelsea scored just 58 Premier League goals, the lowest of any team to finish in the top seven and four less than Leeds in ninth place.
The stats come as a scathing assessment of 2020 recruits Kai Havertz and Timo Werner’s first season in the Premier League, despite the Blues taking the Champions League qualifying spots.
German duo Havertz and Werner joined the club in deals of £ 89 million and £ 53 million respectively from Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig, scoring just 10 top goals between them in 2020-21, the latter scoring six.
Over the weekend, 21-year-old Havertz admitted it had been a ‘very tough’ season for him, with the intensity of English football behind those struggles.
‘To be fair, it is very difficult. It’s a big change, ”Havertz told Sky Sports. ‘It’s very difficult because you play every three days and the intensity is a lot more here than in Germany, to be honest.
‘Of course it’s a big change for us, but for me it always felt good to have Timo next to me because we can talk to each other.
It was a damning indictment against Timo Werner (left) and Kai Havertz’s inaugural season at Chelsea, who combined only scored 10 league goals.
Chelsea spent £ 142 million on the German duo and another £ 37 million on Hakim Ziyech, who scored just twice
‘We were both in very difficult situations. He was also unlucky this season. But I think now, for two or three months, we are both playing really well and I hope we can continue like this. ‘
The £ 179 million spend on offensive recruits over the summer period last year was completed with the £ 37 million addition of Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, but the Moroccan scored just two Premier League goals in a season that was disrupted by injury.
Blues Academy product Tammy Abraham – like Werner – also ended the league season with six goals, but they all arrived in the first half and the striker had barely a glimpse since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as boss in January.
The 23-year-old was not even included in the squad for three of Chelsea’s last seven Premier League games of the season, with West Ham and Leicester set to offer him a departure from Stamford Bridge.
French forward Olivier Giroud, meanwhile, started just eight of his 17 Premier League appearances this season, with the 34-year-old scoring just four goals in the role he played under Lampard and now occupied under Tuchel.
Tammy Abraham (left) scored six league goals, while Olivier Giroud (right) scored four