Fernando Torres joins Chelsea's costly flops brigade

07 April 2011 01:57
It doesn't matter whether it's the Premier League, Champions League, an international match or probably even on his computer, Fernando Torres just cannot score.

The Chelsea striker has yet to find the back of the net in a Blues shirt and his personal drought now stretches to 11 games in all competitions.

It is still early days but at a cost of ?50million it has been a nightmare start to his life at Stamford Bridge. With this in mind Sportsmail looks back on five of Chelsea's biggest striking flops.

Another flop? Fernando Torres is yet to score in nine appearances since he joined Chelsea for ?50million

 Chris SuttonProof that Chelsea knew how to waste money even before Roman Abramovich and his sacks of money arrived at Stamford Bridge, but on the face of it Sutton looked a smart purchase.

After a promising start at Norwich, he joined Blackburn for a British record ?5million where he formed a lethal partnership with Alan Shearer on his way to winning the Premier League title.

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So by the time he joined the Blues for a cool ?10m in 1999, Chelsea looked to have bagged a proven goal scorer to spearhead their push for the title.

But he was off to Celtic for nearly half the fee a year later following a wretched campaign that saw him score just one league goal. And that was against Manchester United's Massimo Taibi, who as goalkeepers go was pretty useless.

Adrian MutuAfter a prolific season at Parma, he was signed for ?15.8m in the summer of 2003 with new owner Abramovich keen to flex his financial muscles ahead of his first season at the club.

And the Romanian started off well, scoring four goals in his first three games including a brace against London rivals Tottenham. But a vertical decline in form saw him only score two league goals for the rest of the season, leaving many puzzled as to where his early season form went.

Not even Jose Mourinho's arrival in 2004 could coax the best out of him but it all became clear in September that year when he failed a drugs test for cocaine. Chelsea took the opportunity to wash their hands clean of the striking flop and sacked him.

Hernan CrespoSigned for a hefty ?16.8m in August 2003 to further strengthen Chelsea's attack, Crespo had a great scoring record in Serie A and international level and seemed ready for a crack at the Premier League.

His first season at the club ended with a modest 12 goals but fans had been expecting much more from their Argentine international. Unsettled, he joined AC Milan on loan the following season.

Feeling blue: Argentina ace Hernan Crespo was far from his glittering best during his time at Stamford Bridge

Despite being desperate for a move away from Stamford Bridge, Crespo returned for the 2005/06 campaign and in the shadow of Didier Drogba, scored 13 goals as he helped the club retain their Premier League title.

But still he failed to adapt, and in 2006 he joined Inter Milan on loan where he would remain until his Chelsea contract expired.

Mateja KezmanScored goals like they were going out of fashion in Holland and Mourinho decided he was worth taking to Stamford Bridge for ?5m in 2004.

The trouble was Premier League defences are not as charitable as they can be in the Eredivisie and Kezman looked a totally different player in a Chelsea shirt.

He scored just seven goals in total, three of those against relegated teams and another against Scunthorpe in the FA Cup. But he did have one bright moment, scoring Chelsea's deciding goal in a 3-2 win over Liverpool in the Carling Cup final.

It was a poor season for the Serbian who never looked like being able to displace Drogba or Eidur Gudjohnsen from the starting XI. Less than a year after signing, he was shipped off to Atletico Madrid for a puzzling ?300,000 profit.

Andriy ShevchenkoWith Chelsea retaining the Premier League title in 2006, they became heavy favourites to make it three-in-a-row when they broke the English transfer record by paying AC Milan ?30m for Shevchenko.

But the signs that it could end in tears were already there. It was Abramovich that wanted to bring the Ukrainian striker to the club, while Mourinho was not as keen to take the striker on board.

Walking away: Andriy Shevchenko failed to deliver his best for then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

A debut goal in the Community Shield against Liverpool was as good as it got as in the 50 competitive games that followed, he only managed 13 goals. He started in the Carling Cup final victory over Arsenal but the Blues relinquished their Premier League crown to Manchester United.

He only found the back of the net eight times the following season and by then was not even considered a first-choice striker.

He joined Milan for an unsuccessful second spell in the 2008/09 before being given a free transfer to Dynamo Kiev in 2009. Not Abramovich's finest hour.

PS But even the greats can start slow, Fernando.Thierry HenrySigned from Juventus for ?10.5million in 1999, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's judgement was called into question when his winger-turned-striker hadn't scored after his first eight games.

But by the end of the season the Frenchman was on fire, scoring 15 goals in the Gunners' last 15 games. From then on the only way was up.

He went on to become Arsenal's record goal scorer, playing a major role in winning two league titles and three FA Cups as well as winning five various Player of the Year awards in the Premier League.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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