Kalou vows to get more goals

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,” said the Ivory Coast international, who has a slightly
better rate of eight goals in 24 games this season. “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 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,” he told his club’s official magazine, Chelsea. “(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.” Kalou
may not get a chance to add to his tally against Blackburn this
weekend, with manager Carlo Ancelotti having to decide whether to
recall Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda. Both were rested on
Sunday, with Kalou, Daniel Sturridge and Nicolas Anelka leading the
line. All of them found the net but that may not stop Ancelotti
opting for experience in a game that could be watched by
billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, according to reports. Any trip
to Stamford Bridge would also doubtless entail a meeting with
Ancelotti, who has continued to enjoy Abramovich’s backing, despite
overseeing the worst sequence of results since the Russian bought
the club.