Chelsea failed with a late move for Nottingham Forest striker Taiwo Awoniyi as they looked to address their goalscoring issues in the final hours of the summer transfer window, it has been revealed.
The Blues have spent in excess of 1 billion pounds since Todd Boehly took charge of the club 15 months ago, but have yet to find an answer to the simplest question in football- how to put the ball in the back of the net.
They have scored just five times this season, with three coming all against relegation-fancied Luton Town at Stamford Bridge, and that lack of goals has seen them already drop points against Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and West Ham, taking just one from a possible nine.
Though they have created plenty of chances, they have been unable to put the ball in the back of the net, with new signing Nicolas Jackson guilty of missing several glorious chances and both Armando Broja and Christopher Nkunku sidelined through injury.
As a result, the Blues were on the hunt for more forward cover, and the Athletic report that they made a late move for Nottingham Forest striker Awoniyi, who has started the season in excellent form and scored twice against Chelsea last season.
It is claimed that ‘Chelsea did ask about him in the 48 hours before the deadline’, but that Nottingham Forest opted to keep the Nigerian thanks in part to his excellent form and also thanks to the departure of Brennan Johnson to Tottenham.
With Forest having splashed the cash for another season, they will be hoping that Awoniyi can feature far more prominently than last season (where injury seriously disrupted his campaign) and that the Nigerian can continue his excellent goalscoring record to keep the midlands outfit well clear of the relegation zone.