Since the Premier League introduced squad numbers in 1993, 16 different Chelsea players have worn the No.9 shirt – and only a few have been successful.
Here are the list of them below;
1. Radamel Falcao
After a disappointing loan season at Manchester United, Falcao was given another chance to impress the English public with Chelsea in 2015-16.
However, his loan was a flop, and the Blues turned down the opportunity 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 earning £140,000 per week and scoring just once in 12 appearances.
2. Di Santo, Franco
Di Santo joined Chelsea for £3.4 million from Chilean club Audax Italiano in January 2008, but he failed to score in 16 appearances across all competitions.
He joined Blackburn on loan 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, Khalid
Boulahrouz is the most despicable of the lot, and his ranking is based on the fact that we can’t stand seeing a defender wear the No.9 shirt.
He was also a flop at Stamford Bridge, making only 20 appearances in a single season.
4. Sutton, Chris
Blackburn were relegated four years after winning the league title, and Sutton was sold to Chelsea for a fee of £10 million.
The striker spent only one season at Stamford Bridge, scoring one goal before being transferred to Celtic the following summer.
“I joined a team that included 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 poorly, 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 £10m on me that season helped his managerial career.”
5. Cascarino, Tony
Cascarino struggled in his two seasons at Chelsea at the beginning of the Premier League era, scoring only eight goals in 51 appearances.
However, the striker went on to have great success in France, scoring 61 goals in 84 appearances for Marseille and adding 44 more in three seasons at Nancy.
6. Sidwell, Steve
Yes, Sidwell, then 24, was given the No.9 shirt when he joined Chelsea on a free transfer in 2007.
He only lasted a year, making 25 appearances in all competitions and scoring once before being sold to Aston Villa for £5 million.
7. Kezman, Mateja
Kezman arrived at Chelsea with a lot of expectations after scoring 129 goals in four years at PSV.
He only managed four league goals in one season at the club before being shipped out to Atletico Madrid, which he still considers to be “the best thing that ever happened to me.”
“I’m not sure if I made a mistake because I moved away so quickly,” he said, “but the transfer to Chelsea made my dreams come true.”
8. Higuain, Gonzalo
Higuain was signed on loan from Juventus in January 2019 and made the bold decision to wear the No.9 shirt.
Chelsea were given the option of purchasing him permanently for €36 million or extending his loan for one season for half that amount. The fact that the Blues did neither speaks volumes about his success.
Nonetheless, he did score 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 any higher than eighth right now, and we don’t think he deserves to be any 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 does not 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 in Chelsea’s World Cup victory, but he has done little else.
Time will tell if he can disprove his detractors.
Ah, the lines are out again.
Lukaku’s goal is ruled out for offside by the narrowest of margins
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) February 27, 2022
10. Hernan Crespo
Crespo wore the No.21 shirt in his first season at the club, but was given the No.9 after a year on loan at AC Milan as Jose Mourinho tried to persuade him to stay.
He scored 25 goals in 73 appearances for Chelsea before joining Inter on a two-year loan until his contract with Chelsea expired.
— Chad ⭐⭐ (@ChelseaChadder) October 18, 2017