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    I said it at HT yesterday but Dzeko would be a brillaint signing. His hold up play yesterday was close to perfect.
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    Had a bit of free time on my hands and was thinking about how poor we've been of late, I started to take a bit of a closer look at our performances in comparison to the rest of the EPL and unsurprisingly a few key areas stand out. Our midfield and attack lag so far behind other sides. We've scored 13 goals thus far. Which is equal for 4th most with Liverpool and Watford. City and Utd have 29 and 21 respectively. Of those 13 we've scored 11 are from open play and 2 are from set pieces. We average 12.6 shots per game, with 4.5 on target. This puts us 9th of all EPL sides for shots per game and 7th for shots on target. Teams like Newcastle and Southampton are ahead of us in terms of shots per game. And we're .6 ahead of Crystal Palace. We have 51.4% of possession on average and sits us as 7th best. With the 5th best pass completion rate of 81.9, which is equal with Southampton. We're ranked 19th when it comes to aerial dues won per game. Only Crystal Palace have a worst return. Now, that's not a significant problem area given bigger sides tend to play more on the deck than sides who aren't as technical. When breaking it down a little more we're 17th for crosses per game (17), 6th for through balls per game (2), 13th for long balls (62) and 7th for short passes per game (437). Our attack is fairly evenly spread across the pitch. 32% down the left, 31% the middle and 37% down the right. Coming up though is what really alarmed me the most. 6% of our shots come from within the 6 yard box (7th best), 47% come from inside the 18 yard box (16th best), and 48% outside of the box (2nd highest). For me this highlights just how much we actually struggle to create opportunities and how void of creativity we are in midfield, but also from our attacking midfielders. It also highlights just how hard our CF has to work to actually find chances on goal and why we're often so reliant on them creating something for themselves. 44% of our possession comes in the middle third, ranking us 9th. A miserable 26% in the opposition third (our attacking third), which is the equal 6th worst return of all sides. In comparison Man City are best with 35%, Tottenham 33%, Arsenal 31%, and Man Utd/Liverpool 30%. No wonder we often so toothless and rely so much on the individual quality of Hazard and Morata to break the opposition down. Morata averages 3 shots per game. After that Marcos Alonso has the next best return of 1.8 shots per game (he's also our second highest scorer with 2). Pedro is the best of our AM's with 1.6 per game. We've gotten 1 goal (Pedro) from our three main AM's so far. With both Pedro and Willian tied with a single assist each. From midfield we've also only seen 2 assists split across Fabregas and Bakayoko. With 3 goals evenly divided between Fabregas, Kante and Bakayoko. With so much of the ball spent in midfield we need to be better on the ball. Kante has our best passing completion rate at 84.7% of all midfielders. Bakayoko 84.2% and Fabregas 82.9%. Although, Fabregas has 3 key passes per game. Kante 1.4 and Bakayoko 0.6. Fabregas also averages nearly 4 long balls per game (3.9). Moving further forward Pedro (83.8%), Hazard (82.8%) and Willian (77.3%) round out our Attacking Midfielders. With so little of the ball actually spent in the opposition third those three players really need to be doing more with the ball, but also being more efficient. We have to learn to make the most of what we do create. I know a lot of attention has come onto our defence and some sloppy defending, but I cannot help but feel that if we were actually more effective and threatening with the ball we'd not be asking so much of our defence on such a consistent basis. This isn't the most well structured or compelling post ever made, but hopefully it highlights a few things that were maybe not being considered at the moment amongst this poor run. While possibly also showcasing exactly where we need to invest a few extra dollars to gain a few more players who are better fitting to what Conte is trying to install here.