5 best forwards who failed at Chelsea
Chelsea have become a force to be reckoned with, especially after the arrival of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich in the early 2000s.
The Blues have grown in stature and pedigree making a string of high profile signings over the years. The likes of Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard, to name a few, have become legends of the club.
However, not all big-name players, especially forwards, did not clinch gold at the club. On that note, here’s a look at five top forwards who failed to get started at Chelsea:
# 5 Fernando Torres
It would be a little hard to call Fernando Torres a failure at Chelsea. But it is true that the striker largely failed to replicate his Liverpool exploits at Stamford Bridge.
A return of just 45 goals in 180 games is considered disappointing for someone who has scored almost a goal in every other game for Liverpool. Nonetheless, Torres won the hearts of Stamford Bridge loyalists when he scored against Barcelona at Camp Nou in the 2012 Champions League semi-finals.
The Spaniard ran unopposed before passing Victor Valdes to confirm Chelsea’s place in their second Champions League final in four years.
Days later, Chelsea would win their first title in the competition, beating Bayern Munich on penalties.
# 4 Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata had made a name for himself as a prolific striker at Atletico, which prompted Chelsea to shell out a lot of money to land his services.
He made a decent start to life at Chelsea, scoring in his Premier League and Champions League debut for the club. A hat-trick against Stoke City meant Morata had scored six goals in as many league games. But things quickly started to escalate for Morata, as he only scored five more times in his next 25 league games, due to a combination of poor form and injuries.
In reality, Morata has struggled to come to terms with the physique and pace of the Premier League. The striker scored the goal that confirmed Chelsea’s place in the 2018-19 Europa League round of 16. But it was also good that things turned out for Morata as he no longer played a role in Chelsea’s triumphant campaign this season.
Morata left Chelsea at the end of the season. He is now at Serie A giant Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid.