'There's an art': Paul Merson says Chelsea's two 'fantastic footballers' won't outscore Aubameyang this season

Paul Merson predicts Kai Havertz or Mason Mount won’t be able to outscore Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season.

The latest striker to try break Chelsea’s No.9 curse is Aubameyang, who joined in the summer from Barcelona.

He’s started well with two goals in four Blues appearances, giving a clinical touch around the penalty box to Graham Potter’s side.

Aged 33, the centre-forward has proven throughout his career that he is a natural finisher. However, many top strikers over the years have tried and failed to spearhead the attack at Stamford Bridge.

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Havertz or Mount won’t outscore Aubameyang

According to pundit Merson, “fantastic footballers” Havertz and Mount won’t be able to keep pace in the goalscoring department with their new teammate.

“Kai Havertz and Mason Mount are two fantastic footballers, but they won’t score as many goals as the [Aubameyang] over the course of a league season. There’s an art to goalscoring and the Gabonese striker seems to have mastered it over the years,” Merson said.

For Chelsea, it would be great to see their main forward run away with the club’s golden boot. It’s too early to tell whether Aubameyang can do that, though.

Havertz, who ended up with 14 goals across all competitions last season, is a forward with the capability to be crucial in this side.

Meanwhile, attacking midfielder Mount hit 13 goals across all competitions last season. He’s been the club’s player of the year for the last two consecutive years, too.

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20-goal target

Yes, that means Aubameyang has 18 more to go this season.

The striker is likely to have his own tally in mind like all great attackers do, but hitting 20 goals during his first campaign in Chelsea colours would be a great achievement.

He should definitely get plenty of chances in this side, so it doesn’t seem overly ambitious for a player with his ability.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.