View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The number nine Jersey has been a curse to many top players who came to inherit it at Stamford Bridge. Critics have it that even a god cannot perform wearing the Chelsea’s number nine jersey. Let’s unravel the players who have failed to perform under this dreaded number.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Joining Chelsea from Inter Milan in 2003, Hernan Crespo took his tally to 13 goals on his first season but still it wasn’t enough to convince the then manager Jose Mourinho.
Due to his slow goal delivery he was sent back on loan to AC Milan. He returned in 2005/2006 season to net 13 goals which won him the Premier League trophy.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Mateja Kezman joined the blues in 2004. He was one of Jose Mourihno’s first signing at the club since becoming the manager at Chelsea. He lacked playing time due to the consistency of fellow strikers like Didier Drugba and Eidur Gudjohnsson. He scored only seven goals in 40 appearances for Chelsea. A sour record right?
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. He surprised the world by being a right back but putting on the number 9 jersey. In his first season, he made 23 appearances before he joined Sevilla on loan in the 2007/08 campaign. He later sealed a deal to join Stuttgart on a permanent deal.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Steve was a midfielder who wore the number 9 jersey for Chelsea in 2007. He appeared 25 times and mostly as a substitute before he left the Blues for Aston Villa.
Franco Di Santo
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. His record is one of worst so far for a number nine bearer for Chelsea. Franco at the age of 18 signed for Chelsea (in 2008) but he never started a game for the club. Worst of all, he has failed in scoring in each of the 16 appearance as a substitute.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The Spaniard joined Chelsea from Liverpool in 2011. During this period, he was considered as one of the most dangerous strikers with a tally of 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool. But he managed only 46 goals in 172 appearances for Chelsea. He won the Champions League, Europa League, and FA cup with Chelsea. Not bad to be considered a flop right?
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The former Manchester United player who managed just four goals for the red devils was brought in to Stamford Bridge in a season long loan from Monaco to proof himself as a legend. The Striker responded by scoring just one goal in 12 appearance. Chelsea the dropped signing him permanently which was part of the deal.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The prolific striker who played for both Juventus and Real Madrid before joining Chelsea was another flop under the number 9 jersey. Chelsea broke their transfer record to bring the Spaniard to their home. The Striker did not have a bad start, netting eight time and managing a hat-trick against Stoke City. He lost his footing from there and faced competition from Olivier Giroud who joined in January. He then ran away from the number nine jersey owing to honour his twins birth. He scored 16 goals in 47 appearances.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The known to be deadly striker piped low after joining Chelsea. The problem here is not him joining Chelsea, he also picked up the number nine jersey. He scored just five goals in 18 appearance for Chelsea before heading back to Juventus