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Chelsea were hit with a transfer ban earlier this year, and all attempts to overturn the ban proved abortive, and the Blues had to settle for two transfer windows without signing a player.
The result of the transfer ban means that the Blues won’t be able to sign a striker – a position that the club needed to strengthen this summer. As a result, the club decided to keep back Olivier Giroud, while Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham also returned on loan.
It’s not news that Tammy Abraham has decided to wear the Chelsea No. 9 shirt for next season, but what’s on everyone’s mind is whether the youngster has what it takes to break the yoke that comes with it – for most of Chelsea fans, it’s been tagged a curse.
Let’s take a look at the last nine Chelsea No. 9’s and how they flopped at the club.
1. Mateja Kezman
Inherited the No. 9 shirt from Hasselbaink and failed to live up to expectations. After banging in 38 goals in one season for PSV, he only managed to score 7 goals in 41 appearances and lasted only a year at the club.
2. Hernan Crespo
Was rated as one of the best strikers in the world at his prime, but only managed to score 25 goals in 73 appearances. Didn’t last long at the club and was eventually sold.
3. Khalid Boulharouz
The Chelsea defender wore the No. 9 shirt and even he was affected. Lasted at the club between 2006 and 2007, and he made only 20 appearances.
4. Steven Sidwell
Interestingly, Sidwell was the next to wear the No. 9 shirt for Chelsea and he was midfielder. He joined as a free agent in 2006 but lasted until 2007. Scored a goal in 25 appearances and couldn’t fight the competition for places in the Chelsea midfield.
5. Franco Di Santo
The Argentine failed to score a single goal for Chelsea in 16 appearances after joining the club as a highly rated youngster.
6. Fernando Torres
Torres was rated as one of the best strikers while at Liverpool and Chelsea broke the British transfer record to sign him for £50m. He was never at his best for Chelsea and ended up scoring 45 goals in 172 appearances.
7. Radamel Falcao
He was a beast in his prime but failed to make his mark at Manchester United. Chelsea signed him on loan but he also struggled to shine for the Blues.
8. Alvaro Morata
Morata became Chelsea’s club record signing in 2017 when the Blues forked out almost £70 million for his signing. He started on a bang with 7 goals in his first 7 games, but be struggled afterwards. He decided to wear the 29 shirt for his second season but the damage had already been done.
9. Gonzalo Higuian
Although a loan signing, Higuain never really impressed at the club. He scored 5 goals in 18 games, but Chelsea decided against keeping him despite the transfer ban.