Since the Premier League introduced squad numbers in 1993, 16 different Chelsea players have worn the number 9 shirt – and only a few have been successful.
Here are the list below;
1. Radamel Falcao
After a disappointing loan spell at Manchester United, Falcao had another chance to impress the English crowd with Chelsea in 2015-16.
However, his loan was a flop and the Blues turned down the chance to sign him for £38 million at the end of the season.
Falcao cost Roman Abramovich £800,000 per shot and £57,000 per touch of the ball, while making £140,000 a week, scoring just once in 12 appearances.
2. Di Santo, Franco
Di Santo went to Chelsea in January 2008 for £3.4 million from Chilean club Audax Italiano, but he failed to score in 16 games in all competitions.
He was loaned to Blackburn for the 2009-10 season before being sold to Wigan and going on to play in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen and Schalke.
3. Boulahrouz, Khalidi
Boulahrouz is the most despicable of them all, and his ranking is based on the fact that we can’t stand seeing a defender wearing the number 9 shirt.
He was also a flop at Stamford Bridge, making just 20 appearances in one season.
4. Sutton, Chris
Blackburn were relegated four years after winning the league title and Sutton was sold to Chelsea for £10 million.
The striker spent just one season at Stamford Bridge, scoring once before being transferred to Celtic the following summer.
“I joined a team with Zola, Desailly, Gus Poyet, Dennis Wise and a really good manager in [Gianluca] Vialli, so I don’t blame anyone else,’ Sutton explained.
“I started badly, missed opportunities, lost confidence and I feel like I let Vialli down.” I thought he was a really nice guy, and I don’t think spending £10million on me that season helped his managerial career.”
5. Cascarino, Tony
Cascarino struggled in his two seasons with Chelsea at the start of the Premier League era, scoring just eight goals in 51 appearances.
However, the striker had great success in France, scoring 61 goals in 84 appearances for Marseille and scoring a further 44 in three seasons with Nancy.
6. Sidwell, Steve
Yes, Sidwell, then 24, was given the number 9 shirt when he went on a free transfer to Chelsea in 2007.
He only lasted a year, making 25 appearances in all competitions and scoring once before being sold to Aston Villa for £5million.
7. Kezman, Mateja
Kezman arrived at Chelsea with high expectations after scoring 129 goals for PSV in four years.
He scored just four league goals in one season with the club before being shipped off to Atletico Madrid, which he still considers “the best thing that ever happened to me.”
“I’m not sure if I made a mistake because I moved so quickly,” he said, “but the transfer to Chelsea has made my dreams come true.”
8. Higuain, Gonzalo
Higuain was hired from Juventus in January 2019 and made the bold decision to wear the number 9 shirt.
Chelsea were given the option to buy him permanently for €36 million or to extend his loan for one season for half that amount. The fact that the Blues didn’t either speaks volumes about his success.
Nevertheless, he scored five times in 14 Premier League games, which is actually quite good in the context of this list.
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9. Romelu Lukaku
We don’t think Lukaku deserves to be higher than eighth right now, nor do we think he deserves to be lower.
His almost criminally marginal offside goal in the League Cup final could have been the turning point in the Belgian’s disappointing return to Stamford Bridge.
He clearly doesn’t fit into Thomas Tuchel’s system tactically and the German coach has no interest in building the team around his number nine for very good reasons.
His two goals in the Club World Cup were crucial to Chelsea’s World Cup victory, but he has done little else.
Time will tell if he can refute his opponents.
Ah, the lines are out again.
Lukaku’s goal disallowed for offside by the narrowest margins
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10. Hernan Crespo
Crespo wore the number 21 shirt in his first season with the club, but was given the number 9 after a year on loan to AC Milan when Jose Mourinho tried to persuade him to stay.
He scored 25 goals in 73 appearances for Chelsea before moving to Inter for two years until his Chelsea contract expired.
— Chad ⭐⭐ (@ChelseaChadder) October 18, 2017