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5 number 9's who didn't live up to expectations at Chelsea

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Club Atletico de Madrid unveil new signing Alvaro Morata
Club Atletico de Madrid unveil new signing Alvaro Morata

Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world, with their status having improved drastically since their takeover by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic about 15 years ago.

Abramovic has invested heavily in the West London club, turning their fortunes around from Premier League also-rans into genuine title contenders, with the club having won all there is to win in the timeframe that Abramovic has been in charge.

Numerous world class players have arrived Stamford Bridge and while some of them have gone on to achieve legendary status at the club, others have faltered, with the striking position particularly proving to have more players in the latter category.

Far too many strikers of incredible quality have struggled to reach their normal level at Chelsea, with particular concern for those who have donned the number 9 jersey.

The number 9 jersey is traditionally assigned to the centre forward in any team and some of the greatest strikers throughout history have donned the jersey number from Ronaldo De Lima and Alan Shearer in years gone by to Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski in more recent years.

At Chelsea however, the reverse seems to be the case, as majority of their strikers who have worn the jersey number nine have flattered to deceive (although Andriy Shevchenko also struggled in the number 7 jersey), with Alvaro Morata being the latest to follow that worrying trend, while fans of The Blues would hope Gonzalo Higuain can break that negative streak.

In this piece, we shall be taking a look at five high profile players who donned the number 9 jersey at Chelsea but failed to match expectations.

Honourable mentions - Franco di Santo, Steve Sidwell, Claudio Pizzarro

#5 Mateja Kezman - £5m (2004 - 2005)

Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Having banged in goals for fun in the Dutch league with PSV Eindhoven (129 in 176 matches in all competitions), where he ed the nickname 'Batman', many saw it as a bargain deal when Chelsea signed him for just £5m in the summer of Jose Mourinho's first spell in charge.

The former Serbian international, however, failed to impress, scoring just seven goals from 41 matches in all competitions as Chelsea ran away with the title.

As expected, Kezman departed Stamford Bridge for Atletico Madrid after just one season and his flop marked the beginning of Eredivisie top scorers struggling in the Premier League, with Memphis Depay, Vincent Janssen and Wilfred Bony struggling to make a mark in the PL (although Luis Suarez is a notable exception).

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