Diego Costa made it three consecutive games without a goal after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.
While on the face of it, the striker has settled down again following his January bust-up with Antonio Conte over a move to the Chinese Super League, he doesn’t look like quite the player he was before Christmas.
Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all overtaken him in the Premier League’s top scorers’ chart.
It’s just fortunate that Chelsea’s goals have been coming from elsewhere, with Pedro, Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, and even David Luiz all netting since he last scored.
However, Gary Cahill has come up with an alternative reason for Costa’s poor form.
And instead of blaming the Spain international, he thinks it’s up to the rest of the team to create more chances.
“The lack of goals did not even cross my mind to be honest, it’s a team thing,” Cahill said after the Burnley game, per Goal.
“I think we could have played a lot better than that and if we had played a lot better, then Diego gets a few more opportunities – it goes hand-in-hand.”
There’s unlikely to be too much discontent at Stamford Bridge regardless of that result, with Chelsea still eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City and ten ahead of their next closest title rivals Tottenham.