Jose Mourinho will be hoping for a goal deluge when Chelsea play Swindon in the League Cup on Tuesday.
So far, Fernando Torres is the only Chelsea striker to score a goal this season- in the Super Cup against Bayern Munich- and the Blues are in danger of becoming over-reliant on their midfielders to score.
Frank Lampard may be Chelsea’s record scorer, and Oscar and (shockingly) Jon Obi Mikel may have done the business in their weekend win over Fulham. But with players like Torres and Samuel Eto’o also on the field, The Special One would surely prefer it if their names were in headlines for the right reasons too.
While on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku was excelling for Everton, Demba Ba was not involved against the Cottagers, and Torres and Eto’o were almost as invisible as the Senegal hit-man.
League 1 Swindon should provide a far less stern defence to torment, and Juan Mata- slated to return to the starting line-up- will be expected to lay the platform for at least one of Chelsea’s strikers to make an impact.
Perhaps because of the sense of relief instilled by his much needed weekend win, Mourinho is not yet panicking about the dearth of goals from his front-line.
He is backing Eto’o to regain the sharpness he says the great striker sacrificed when he chased a fat pay cheque to Russia.
And he says Torres will finally break his streak of rotten luck in Blue.
"The only way is to work," said Mourinho of his blueprint for Chelsea’s attack.
"With Samuel it is, for me, understandable. When you are on the top of the world for almost 10 years and then you go to a different reality – we know he went [to Anzhi Makhachkala] for economic reasons – footballistically it is not a challenge for a player who has played all his life for Barcelona, Inter Milan and in the Champions League. I knew his level would go down but, for me, he is a very good player. When he has the ball at his feet it is easy to see the player he is. He is lacking sharpness but that is normal.
"Fernando is the opposite situation. Physically he is in a very good moment, he is very strong, sharp and fast. He had a fantastic header that would make a wonderful goal and the goalkeeper made a great save.
"So also a little bit of luck plays a role. I don't think he's short on confidence. I'm happy with Fernando. In the last game [against Basel] I left him out of selection and his reaction was positive: to come on for the last 30 minutes and play hard and seriously. I'm happy with him and he has my trust. He is a good player, a good professional and it was a nice surprise for me the way he works, so I believe in Fernando."
Whispers of crisis were averted thanks to Chelsea’s win over Fulham, even if was garnered thanks to graft rather than inspiration.
But with each match that passes in which his strikers do not score, Mourinho may find talk of crisis revisited.