Can Tammy Abraham Beat The Chelsea No. 9 Curse?

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The last person to wear the No. 9 shirt for Chelsea is Alvaro Morata, and after a banging start to his Chelsea career, we all saw how that panned out.

The Chelsea No. 9 shirt is fabled to be a cursed one, but it may not be an ordinary fable as it’s been over a decade since a No. 9 did well at the club. In fact we may have to look back to 2000 – 2004 when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank wore the shirt for Chelsea. He banged in 88 goals in 177 appearances, and was regarded as a good striker for the club.

Since then, nine different players have won the No. 9 shirt for Chelsea, and though not all of them have been strikers – they all failed to perform.

In fact, the only two strikers that have really shone at the club in the past two decades have been Didier Drogba and Diego Costa and they both avoided the No. 9 jersey.

The stories of a cursed No. 9 shirt might be superstitious but it’s a superstition that’s come to stay until it’s broken. It’s been almost 20 years now and academy product Tammy Abraham has vowed to break the curse.

Bigger names like Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao and Alvaro Morata have all failed to be the No. 9 hero, but Abraham has vowed to break the duck.

Like the Biblical story of David, he wasn’t the preferred choice of King, but he went on to become one of the greatest Kings in Israel.

For Tammy Abraham, he truly believes he can break the curse.

Abraham said: “I’m honoured to wear the No 9 shirt at Chelsea. I spoke to the manager and he asked me if I’m ready to take the No 9 and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready’. So I’m glad he offered the No 9.

“Football brings a lot of pressure. It drives me on. It gives me the extra belief.

“I’ve heard all the rubbish about the No 9. I’m here to play my game and do my best.”

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