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.