Chelsea Football Club, known for its ambitious spending in the transfer market, has made substantial investments in acquiring top-class strikers over the past decade but the club’s pursuit of consistent and prolific striking options has proven elusive. As the romance between Inter Milan and Romelu Lukaku continues, an imminent departure is looming for the Belgian. He is set to join the long list of strikers who have struggled to make a significant impact at SW6. In the article below we delve into the top five strikers who fell short of expectations over the past decade.
5 worst striker signings for Chelsea in last 10 years
Romelu Lukaku (£98 million)
Chelsea’s most recent high-profile striker acquisition came in the form of Romelu Lukaku in the summer of 2021. Lukaku, having developed into one of the world’s most formidable forwards during his time at Inter, was seen as the missing piece in the Blues’ attacking puzzle. The Belgian’s second stint at Stamford Bridge started bright but has been short with 44 appearances and 15 goals.
Thomas Tuchel could not get a tune out of the forward and his goals dried up quickly, which saw him go down the pecking order. CFC faithful were not only disappointed with Lukaku’s performances on the pitch but also with his behavior off the field, as he declared his wish to play for Inter Milan in the middle of the 2021/22 season in an interview with Sky Italia.