20 Jan 2022 | 02:20 | Football
Torres put Premier League defenders in fear at Liverpool and Chelsea had a reason to sign him for a record £50m in January 2011. The Spaniard’s form dropped dramatically over the past few days. last month at Anfield, but no one expected Torres to fade away at Stamford Bridge.
It was not until April that El Nino scored his first goal for the club and a series of lousy misses haunted him for the next half of the season. Anyway, Torres played a key role in the club’s Champions League and Europa League triumphs in 2012 and 2013 – but his three-and-a-half years in London will not be much remembered.
Shevchenko – the 2004 Ballon d’Or – was said to be the last piece in the Chelsea squad, when they signed him for £ 30 million in 2006.
Like Torres, Shevchenko arrived at Chelsea as one of the most dangerous strikers, but was a huge disappointment. He averaged 25 goals a season during his seven-year spell at AC Milan, but the Ukrainian scored just nine in two seasons with the Blues before returning to Italy on loan.
Chelsea fans were thrilled when Alvaro Morata joined the team from Real Madrid in 2017. The Spaniard has had a strong start at Chelsea, scoring 10 Premier League goals before Christmas, But a back injury and a series of misses knocked his confidence.
The following season, Morata’s career was plagued by delicious misses and troubles in his personal life, and he was returned to Spain during the winter transfer window.
There is still time for Timo Werner to turn things around at Chelsea, but so far he has not been able to live up to the great expectations placed on him. The German has shone at RB Leipzig, scoring almost 100 goals in four years and attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but has only scored seven Premier League goals for Chelsea.
Like Morata, Werner was indeed off to an impressive start, but after missing many opportunities he lost his natural instincts costing Chelsea £53m. Werner was also unlucky, as 16 goals were not recognized by VAR.
It’s easy to forget how well Mateja Kezman played in the Eredivisie, after his disappointing season with Chelsea. The Serbian striker has scored 129 goals in 176 games for PSV, but was nothing more than a freeloader in the Premier League after arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2004.
Blues fans had to wait until December to see Kezman score his first Premier League goal and are delighted to see him leave next summer, despite the striker scoring against Liverpool in the final. the Carling Cup in 2005.
Mutu made a name for himself after a few promising seasons in Serie A with Hellas Verona and then Parma, before becoming one of Roman Abramovich’s first signings at Stamford Bridge.
Attitude problems plagued his first year in the Premier League and Mutu was at odds with Mourinho when Special One replaced Claudio Ranieri in 2004. A few weeks later, he tested positive for cocaine. and was kicked out of the club. Chelsea sued the striker for compensation and the legal battle raged until 2015, with Mutu forced to pay the club £14m in damages.