Chelsea’s three players guilty of most big chances missed are the difference between a bad season and a great one

Chelsea influencer Alex Goldberg posted a really interesting list today showing Chelsea’s top players in “big chances missed.”

Nobody will be surprised by who tops the list. For all his quality, Nicolas Jackson struggles to get through 90 minutes without at least one moment which leaves you with your head in your hands. He has 15 on the season, even more than his impressive yellow card count.

Following him is Raheem Sterling. Again, for all his qualities, he is hardly lethal in front of goal, and is especially panicky in one on one situations. He has 10, and is followed in third place by Enzo Fernandez. He also tends to tighten up in front of goal, frustrating for a player of such technical quality.

All three feel like they can do so much better, and it will perhaps just take a little more confidence from the team as a whole to see them all turn a corner – then we really will be a scary prospect. We really could be just a small margin away from a much better team.


  1. How is Goldberg defining “big chances?” I’m much more inclined to trust the “expected goal” metric that’s used by sites like FBref because it’s got an analytical basis to it. According to FBref, Jackson, for example, has 9 league goal with 12.6 expected non-penalty goals. The difference of just over three and a half goals gives a much better feel for how many “big” misses he could reasonably have been expected to score (not 15!).

    1. @Wyatt_Earp74, I will disagree with you on this. Hardly has there been a match this season where Nicolas Jackson does not have a 1 on 1 chance with the goal keeper and then play it to the keeper’s gloves or lost it anyways. You can go review highlights of this season matches on YouTube tho. He only started improving when he got back from the African Nations Cup

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