Belfast Telegraph

Kalou vows to improve scoring rate

Salomon Kalou insists he has what it takes to be a goalscoring machine after admitting he has missed too many chances since joining Chelsea.

Kalou ended a personal drought dating back to November when he netted his 50th for the club in Sunday's FA Cup third-round thrashing of Ipswich. It took the 25-year-old four and a half years and 210 appearances to reach the milestone but he has vowed to improve his ratio.

"I score more difficult goals than the ones I miss," Kalou told his club's official magazine, Chelsea.

"So I can't say it's because I can't do it. I know that's not true because I've scored hard chances.

"I think that's what it takes to be a top player - to have one chance and to score. That's what I'm working on now."

Kalou accepts his current rate is not good enough, especially with Chelsea crying out for a consistent goalscorer during their worst slump in the Barclays Premier League for almost 15 years.

"To be honest with you, every game I play with Chelsea, I come out of it with regret because I feel like I should have scored another goal," added Kalou.

"(My coach growing up) Jean-Marc Guillou always used to say, 'The most difficult thing is not knowing how to score but knowing how to create yourself a chance'.

"I know that I can create chances for myself, I do it every game and now I just have to concentrate on putting more of them in the net. So that's what my focus is now, because every game I create at least one chance for myself.

"Sometimes, I come out of the games with regret because I feel like if I was taking all the chances I get, I would be top scorer. Look at our home game against Fulham: I could have scored three in that game and that is what I want to concentrate on achieving."


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