🔵 Tammy Abraham lifting the curse on Chelsea's number 9 jersey
🔵 Tammy Abraham lifting the curse on Chelsea's number 9 jersey

🔵 Tammy Abraham lifting the curse on Chelsea's number 9 jersey

The tall Chelsea striker has started Premier League life like a house on fire and justifiably been rewarded with a call to Gareth Southgate's England squad.

The number 9 jersey is revered around world football and reserved for the goal-getters and clinical strikers that can make a difference for their team in the big moments. 

However, in recent times, there's been a curse on the shirt jersey that Tammy Abraham seems to be lifting with some style. Here are recent wearers of the number 9 at Stamford Bridge and why they didn't do it justice.

🇷🇸 Mateja Kežman

The Serbian arrived at Stamford Bridge with a big reputation after netting 129 times in four years for PSV Eindhoven, but he was shipped out of Chelsea after only scoring four times in his sole season at the club. 

🇳🇱 Khalid Boulahrouz

It's always strange to see defenders wearing a number reserved for strikers, and the aggressive Dutchman never settled at the club. 20 appearances and too many cards in his only season and he was sold as soon as the club could find a buyer, who happened to be Stuttgart in the Bundesliga via a loan spell at Sevilla. 

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Steve Sidwell

Another non-striker to wear the number 9 jersey at Chelsea, Englishman Steve Sidwell joined the club on a free-transfer in 2007 after impressing at Reading. Although he didn't do terribly, he hardly got any game time in a competitive central midfield area and was sold after a year.

🇪🇸 Fernando Torres

The Spaniard's £50million move in January 2011 just never worked out. Although he lifted the most important club silverware in Europe, and notably scored at the Camp Nou in the 2012 Champions League semifinal, Torres never reproduced his Liverpool form at Stamford Bridge for a prolonged period. He's widely regarded as a flop at the club, his trophy haul in his spell in London says otherwise.

🇪🇸 Álvaro Morata

Morata cost Chelsea a club-record £60million in 2017 but rarely looked capable of justifying the fee. Diego Costa's boots were difficult ones to fill and Morata never looked up to it, and he was relegated to the number 29 jersey before moving to Atlético Madrid on loan. 

🇨🇴 Radamel Falcao

After an unsuccessful season loan spell at Manchester United the legendary, clinical Colombian was given another chance at Chelsea in the 2015-2016 campaign. With high wages of £140,000 per week, Falcao cost Roman Abramovich £800,000 per shot and £57,000 per touch, scoring just once in 12 appearances. Unsurprisingly, Chelsea turned down the chance to sign him permanently for £38m at the end of his loan deal.

🇦🇷 Franco Di Santo

The Argentinean was only 18 years old when he made a £3.4million move from Chilean club Audax Italiano in January 2008. Much was expected of the talented striker, but he failed to score any goals in 16 appearances for the club. 

🇦🇷 Gonzalo Higuaín

Goal-scoring has never been a problem for the well-travelled Argentine Higuaín. When he signed on loan from Juventus in January 2019 by Maurizio Sarri, fans expected him to hit the ground running and although five goals in 14 Premier League appearances is hardly a terrible return, Higuaín is capable of better than that. 

22-year-old Tammy Abraham is emerging from the shadows and quickly becoming a fan favourite with the Blues. With nine goals to his name already this season across all competitions, there's much more to come from Chelsea's number 9 who doesn't look out of place among the Premier League's elite.

If his early days are anything to go by, Chelsea might just have found a man who can wear the jersey with distinction and more importantly, consistency. 

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