Looking at history in Chelsea football club you would realize the greatest Chelsea strikers chose a different shirt number as for Didier Drogba it was 11 and Diego Costa choosing number 19.
Both players were free to pick the No 9 jersey during signing but snubbed it and maybe its proofs the mythical thinking under the iconic jersey.Over the past years the club has field expensive great striker in the iconic shirt.
Most of them failed to deliver terribly and the current holder Tammy Abraham might be affected with the curse. The 22-year-old academy graduates looks to break that curse but time will tell.
Past holders of the jersey
- Alvaro Morata (£60 million 2017)
With a big price tag comes responsibility… and the former real Madrid and Juventus striker broke the club record fee. Starting the season on high note he deteriorated along the way and finally lost his starting place to Oliver Giroud and later ditching the number nine shirt.
- Fernando Torres (£50 million 2011)
The club broke the british transfer window to bring the striker from English rivals Liverpool. Despite the striker being a prolific striker for Liverpool upon joining the blues his goals dried up and ended netting just 46 in 172 appearances before joining Atletico Madrid in 2014
- Hernan Crespo (£16 million 2003)
Despite scoring thirteen in his debut season the manager then Jose Mourinho saw him surplus to requirement hence signing Chelsea legend Didier Drogba. The Argentine joined AC Millan on loan before returning back to net thirteen more in title winning campaign. He left 2008 after his contract expired.
- Mateja Kezman (£5 million 2004)
Being Mourinho first signing at the bridge he spent only one season with his choices limited with the partnership of Drogba and Gudjonsson. He managed to score seven goals in 40 appearances.
- Chris Sutton (£10 million)
Chris Sutton was a proven English premier league goal scorer. Having won the golden boot in 1997/1998 premier league season the former Blackburn striker opted to join Chelsea. He struggled to rediscover form and was later sold to Celtic.
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