Chelsea’s relationship with strikers throughout the Premier League period has been a wierd one.
The Blues all the time both have an excellent striker of their ranks, or a horrible one.
Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski – two of one of the best on this planet of their place – are mentioned to be excessive on proprietor Roman Abramovich’s wished checklist.
Haaland, 20, is the younger Borussia Dortmund hitman value a staggering £150m, whereas Lewandowski – 33 in August – is the veteran Bayern Munich, who scored 41 instances in 29 league video games final season. He’s the ‘cheaper’ possibility at £50m.
Each are in unbelievable purpose scoring kind, however Chelsea followers will know to not get too enthusiastic about this simply but.
For each Gianfranco Zola or Didier Drogba there’s an Andriy Shevchenko or Alvaro Morata.
However let’s begin with the great and that may solely be Zola, the the primary elite ahead at Stamford Bridge throughout the Premier League period – and what a participant he was.
Agile, skilful and with a low centre of gravity, the little Italian was a pleasure to observe and tormented defences to make his identify as among the best gamers within the division.
Then got here the Jose Mourinho period, the place Drogba – who signed for the Blues for £24million 17 years in the past – made his identify as an all-time nice within the top-flight.
Lengthy after Mourinho left the primary time round in 2007, Drogba continued discovering the online and completed his profession with 157 targets in 341 appearances and successful every little thing in membership soccer.
The Ivorian flourished in an attacking duo with Nicolas Anelka, who additionally turned out to be an excellent signing, notably underneath Carlo Ancelotti.
Diego Costa, who joined a 12 months after Mourinho returned to the membership for a second spell in 2014, would have a case to assert he’s the final prolific striker to play for the west London outfit.
The Spaniard spearheaded Chelsea to 2 titles in three years underneath Mourinho and Antonio Conte however since he left in 2017, the Blues have had an evident lack of firepower which has seen them lag behind rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
Timo Werner had a troublesome first season at Stamford Bridge, however judgements should reserved till he will get one other full season underneath his belt.
The Germany worldwide arrived to a lot fanfare final season owing to how prolific he was at RB Leipzig, nevertheless and regardless of the targets of Haaland and Lewandowski, Chelsea have confirmed shopping for strikers of their prime is just not all the time one of the best concept.
Shevchenko was probably the most feared strikers in Europe previous to his £30m change to Chelsea in 2006 and was a Ballon d’Or winner two years earlier.
At Chelsea, he failed miserably and conjured up simply 22 targets in 77 appearances.
Fernando Torres lit up the Premier League at Liverpool in his 4 years at Anfield, hitting 81 targets in 142 appearances, however his fall from grace at Chelsea in 2011, following his £50m switch, was meteoric as he scored simply 45 targets in 172 appearances at Stamford Bridge.
Alvaro Morata suffered the identical merciless destiny, arriving for £70m in 2017 however scored simply 24 targets in 72 appearances earlier than sealing a transfer to Atletico Madrid simply two years after.
Chelsea have even switched up their tactic within the switch market by signing completed and skilled strikers in a bid to alter their fortunes- however as soon as once more it has been to no avail.
Achieved strikers Samuel Eto’o, Alexandre Pato, Gonzalo Higuain have all arrived however failed to supply the products like that they had carried out throughout their illustrious careers.
The ‘No.9 curse’ at Chelsea is definitely a factor – may Lewandowski be the brand new man to show that true?
The Poland worldwide’s purpose report is exceptional and everybody needs to see him within the Premier League, however he dangers tarnishing his repute at a membership like Chelsea given their historical past with strikers prior to now.