The Blues maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season this weekend with a 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United.

The draw sent Chelsea to the top of the table ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Burnley this afternoon.

After the match, Liverpool legend Graeme Souness was asked his thoughts on Chelsea’s title hopes this term.

And Souness claims they are a goal-scoring striker away from being serious contenders.

“I think they’re going to be a near miss,” Souness said.

“I think they’ve got Hazard, who’s the best player in the Premier League in most people’s eyes, and if you nullify him then you take so much of their threat away.

“Right now you’re sitting with Morata on two goals, Pedro on three goals, Barkley two.

“To win this league you’ve got to have four or five players chipping in with lots of goals.

“I think they’re a near miss, I think they’re one player away.”

Jamie Redknapp claimed Olivier Giroud was key to Chelsea’s chances with his hold-up play and link with star man Hazard.

However, Giroud is yet to find the net this season and Souness says that is a big problem.

“You will not win the league with a centre-forward who’s just good at assists,” Souness said of the Frenchman.

“I think the centre-forward has got to get, for me, 20+ goals.

“In a team like that where you’re creating a hell of a lot, you’re playing in the opposition’s last third a hell of a lot, you’re dominating the ball a hell of a lot.

“For me, I don’t see it. I’m not saying he won’t get goals, I don’t think he will get enough goals.”

Chelsea’s next match is in the Europa League where they host BATE Borisov next Thursday, before a trip to Burnley three days later.