I sort of knew this thing was coming, but I was too infatuated with talking about the goalkeeper position that it kind of slipped away.
If these first few pre-season games have showed us anything, it’s that it isn’t just the goalkeeper position that is in desperate need of attention, but we need to start thinking about finding ourselves a replacement for Lukas Jutkiewicz, who has been absent from the team sheet for the first two games.
There have been some suggestions that he has picked up an injury in training and could be out for some time, but until I hear something concrete from someone like Aitor Karanka, personally I’ll just wait and see, he could merely be being rested.
Either way, these two games have shown just how much we are lacking in depth up top, and whilst it’s nice to see players like Adan George and Jayden Reid get a run out, if we have to rely on them in the early stages of the season, then we are in deep trouble.
Is Jutkiewicz our most important player?
We know how important that Jutkiewicz is to us, his goal contribution compared to the rest of the team from last season epitomises it perfectly, scoring double his closest competitor when it came to goals in the league (Scott Hogan who isn’t going to be with us this season), but we are going to notice his absence an awful lot more in the first few weeks of the seasons when we can’t find the back of the net.
So I put the question to you Blues fans. What would you rather the club sorted out first? Someone to stop the ball going into our net, or someone to put the ball in the back of our opponents?