Rumor has it that Chelsea is shopping around for a new shirt sponsor if Yokohama falls through. Our contributors made their suggestions and we are sorry.
Chelsea has sent out feelers for a potential new shirt sponsor, though Yokohoma is not necessarily off the table. The deal has given Chelsea valuable cash but it has not captured imaginations like Samsung once did. We asked our contributors to give their suggestions for the next Chelsea shirt sponsor. Let us just say that they are varied.
1. Samsung returns (Karan Saini)
Yokohama Tyres’ font and logo looks good but nothing beats the classic look of Samsung written across the jersey. Just “Samsung” not “Samsung Mobile” because that did not look pleasant. The 2014-15 home kit was basic yet so appealing. This year’s kits with Samsung on them would’ve been something. With former greats coming back to the club management, a former shirt sponsor like Samsung making a return would be like a trip down the memory lane.
Samsung was the sponsor when Chelsea won the Champions League and so many other trophies. Along with trophies, there were many special moments with that sponsor. Didier Drogba’s header in the Champions League and the title winning penalty. Petr Cech’s brilliant save from the 2012 FA cup against Liverpool and so many more. If the Blues are to get a new sponsor anytime in the future, Samsung would be a great choice.
2. Dangote (Olaoluwa Nwobodo)
In Chelsea’s history, there have been a grand total of four Nigerian players! Four! OK, ignore the number, that is not the point, but if that is not enough to convince you to look no further than Nigeria for their shirt sponsor this time, I do not know what is. It is so obvious.
The question is: What company would be saddled with the responsibility of sponsoring these shirts? You guessed right! Dangote Group. Why? Why not?
Dangote Group is a group of companies owned by a Nigerian entrepreneur and billionaire, Aliko Dangote. We would all be happy to know that not only would the shirts be sponsored, but also noodles, by Dangote Noodles. Sugar too, by Dangote Sugar. Perhaps the best part about this deal is that it might help out in the upcoming Stamford Bridge renovation plans when Dangote Cement decides to provide all the cement necessary for the renovation of Chelsea’s ground. Not to mention that it would look good. Really good. Yes, my nationality is influencing my choice a little bit.
A partnership with Dangote Group would be perfect. This might not go down well with Arsenal fans though, never mind that Aliko Dangote is an Arsenal fan and he wants to bid for the club in 2020. Other than that, though, perfect.