One of Chelsea’s strikers has to be the most maligned player in the Premier League. An expensive buy he has barely rewarded his club since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
You all know who I am referring to but saying his name would spoil the suspense as we count down the five worst Abramovich-era strikers at Chelsea FC.
5. Hernan Crespo
Signed for £16.8 million from Inter Milan in 2003 the Argentine came with a fierce reputation for scoring goals. However the biggest impact he had while a Chelsea player was on-loan for AC Milan; scoring two goals in the now infamous 2005 Champions League Final against Liverpool.
Despite this he actually had a decent goalscoring record for Chelsea; scoring 20 league goals in 49 appearances.
After spending the rest of his career in Italy he retired after a lucrative move to China fell through last summer.
4. Mateja Kezman
When Kezman signed for Chelsea he did so under a wave of expectation. The Serbian striker had been one of Europe’s most potent goalscorer’s. In four years at PSV Eindhoven he had bagged 129 goals and it was hoped he would have a similar impact to Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the English game.
That was not the case and the hard-working striker managed just seven goals in 41 appearances before being shifted on to Atletico Madrid.
After stints in Turkey, France, Russia and Belarus he finished his career in Hong Kong and despite previous assertions to become a monk in his retirement he now works as a football agent.
3. Adrian Mutu
The £15.8 million signing started his career at Chelsea in style; scoring four goals in his first three games.
This form soon faltered and the London nightlife became more attractive to the Romanian.
A positive drug test, legal battles and a stint in rehab later and he formed a very good career in Serie A before another positive doping test seemed to curtail that momentum.
He is now playing for AC Ajaccio in Ligue 1.
2. Andriy Shevchenko
The Ukrainian cost £30.8 million in 2005 and scored on his debut in the Community Shield against Liverpool.
But it seemed Milan sold their talisman at the perfect time. He had lost a yard of pace and struggled to adapt to the English game.
A persistent hernia problem continued to hinder him and all in all he managed just 22 goals in 77 games for The Blues.
A three year Indian Summer at Dynamo Kiev followed before he signed off from football in style at Euro 2012 with two goals against Sweden in Kiev.
1. Fernando Torres
Another striker, like Shevchenko, that Chelsea seemed to buy as his talent was beginning to waver. Liverpool probably could not believe their luck when Chelsea splashed out £50 million on the Spaniard.
In two-and-a-half seasons at Stamford Bridge he has managed just 27 goals in 111 appearances which makes Shevchenko’s record look like Lionel Messi.
Who do you think has been Chelsea’s worst striker in the Abramovich era?
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