Many would argue that pre-season performances should not be used as a barometer for what is to come when competitive action resumes, but Chelsea have very recent evidence to suggest that this preparatory period should not be taken for granted. Their woeful results on tour last summer foreshadowed a disastrous 2022-23 campaign, but now there is renewed optimism.
Two games into their run of fixtures in the United States this time around and things are going swimmingly under Mauricio Pochettino's tutelage - two wins from two, nine goals scored and just three conceded (although, granted, one of those games was against League Two Wrexham).
One aspect of their displays has been particularly pleasing, if unfamiliar: Chelsea's strikers have been on song. New signings Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson have hit the ground running, but is this a sign of things to come long-term?