The Blues need James to save the strikers who fail to impress in the absence of Lukaku and Werner at Newcastle

Chelsea were without star strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, as they beat Newcastle 3-0.

Both players were injured against Malmö in the Champions League, and of course that was bought naturally due to concerns about where Chelsea would get their goals.

Reece James scored twice to save the disappointing Chelsea attackers in their 3-0 win over Newcastle.

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Reece James scored twice to save the disappointing Chelsea attackers in their 3-0 win over Newcastle.
Hakim Ziyech was among many Chelsea strikers who failed to make an impact at St James' Park

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Hakim Ziyech was among many Chelsea strikers who failed to impress at St James’ Park

Ben Chilwell has been the answer on recent occasions and has become a bit of a defensive sensation by scoring goals for Chelsea.

But the trip to St James saw an opportunity for Hakim Ziyech to start in the absence of another striker, Mason Mount, who was unwell and pulled out of the game overnight.

Ziyech has really failed to instill himself as a regular at Chelsea since arriving from Ajax last summer.

And if you ask him, he will probably tell you that since things are going so well now, his career in the blues is not going well.

But the chances came and came again today, but the Moroccan international failed once again to take advantage of his opportunity.

He came close to scoring, but his overall performance was poor and it was no surprise to see him veered by Thomas Tuchel midway through the second half.


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It wasn’t just him.

Chelsea collectively failed to smash passive and extremely stubborn Newcastle in the first half and for most of the second half.

None of the strikers really stood up and took their chance in the absence of many.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was dangerous at times and perhaps the happiest of people.

But it could be a missed opportunity especially for Ziyech, who cut a frustrated figure when he left the field again.

But don’t worry, just as Chelsea have needed Chilwell to score in recent games, they have needed his partner from the other side of the pitch this time around.

Reece James broke the deadlock and also scored Chelsea’s second goal with an absolute scream to put them safely in the winning position.

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James was fantastic and once again showed how Chelsea use their entire squad to score and don’t just rely on their attackers, thankfully really.

But the boy from Cobham did it again, and had the Blues fans chanting “He’s One of Us” for the remainder of the match as Jorginho then stepped in to send a penalty kick to finish the Magpies.

Why didn’t James get a chance to snatch a hat-trick from the penalty spot? That was really the story of the week.

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