Alvaro Morata is set to take the number nine shirt at Chelsea, according to the Express.
A Spanish striker, arriving with high expectations, in a mega-money deal – what could possibly go wrong?
Now don’t get me wrong, Chelsea have had some fantastic number nines in the past, from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to Peter Osgood to Gianluca Vialli – but we have also had some shockers.
Here’s five of Chelsea’s past number nines that Morata will be looking to outperform at Stamford Bridge. In all honesty, it won’t be difficult.
Kezman had scored 78 goals his previous two campaigns before joining Chelsea in 2004. However, after just seven goals in 41 appearances in his debut season with the Blues, he was sold to Atletico Madrid.
Boulahrouz wearing the number nine shirt for Chelsea was wrong on so many levels. Not only was he a defender, he was also an awful one. He played just 13 times in the Premier League, which was probably for the best, as the Chelsea faithful did not have to suffer through anymore of his terrible performances.
Sidwell was the dictionary definition of ordinary. He was also a midfielder. What is it with non-strikers thinking they’re allowed to wear the number nine shirt? It’s a cardinal sin. Sidwell was another who only lasted one year as a Chelsea player.
Goals in Barcelona and Amsterdam saw Torres etch his name into the Chelsea hall of fame, but he still has to be considered one of the biggest flops in the club’s history. Once one of the best strikers in the world, we inherited a toothless centre-forward, sapped of every modicum of confidence.
The dreadful season Falcao endured as a Manchester United player the season prior did not deter Chelsea from signing him and appointing him our new number nine. What a big mistake that was. After making 12 appearances, and scoring one goal, Falcao returned to Monaco. Of course, he scored 30 goals for them last term.
Good luck, Alvaro!