Roman Abrahimovic believes in signing established players so as to guarantee him immedate success.
In this article we will be looking at the four players that could have been the best Chelsea transfer signings since 2001.
Frank Lampard left West Ham for Chelsea for £11 million in June 2001. In his thirteen years with Chelsea, Lampard established himself as a prolific scorer from midfield, becoming Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer, with 211 goals scored in all competitions.
Lampard was an all-round and versatile box-to-box player, who was capable of playing anywhere in midfield, throughout his career with Chelsea, he was deployed as a central midfielder, as an attacking midfielder, as a defensive midfielder, and even as a supporting striker on occasion.
He was also deployed as a deep-lying playmaker on occasion, in particular in his later career, due to his ability to build attacks with his passing.
Lampard was a hard-working player, with notable stamina and an ability to read the game, Lampard was also capable of functioning creatively and starting attacking plays or providing assists for teammates after winning back possession, due to his technique, vision, and passing range.
2. Didier Drogba (£24 Million) At Age 26
Didier Drogba signed for Chelsea in July 2004 for £24 million, as the club's then record signing.
He was noted for his physical strength, speed, ability in the air, powerful and accurate strikes, and his ability to retain possession of the ball.
Drogba is renowned for performing in big games, with a goalscoring record at club level of 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 trophies.
Aside from his goalscoring ability, Drogba is also capable of providing assists to his teammates. Between the 2009–10 and 2011–12 seasons, he managed 24 assists in the Premier League, with an average pass success rate of 61.4 percent, owing to his vision and creativity on the ball.
He provided 71 assists to teammates over the course of his entire career at Chelsea until May 2012, showing that he is also a team player.
3. Eden Hazard (£32 Million) At Age 21
On 4 June 2012, Chelsea officially confirmed on its website that the club had agreed terms with Lille for the transfer of Hazard priced at £32 million.
At Chelsea, Hazard matured into a world class player and was primarily utilised as a left midfielder, a position which enables him to cut into the centre and strike on goal with his stronger right foot.
His development into one of the world's best players was highlighted in the 2014–15 Season; during this season he won multiple awards and received praise from pundits and manager alike. Manager Jose Mourinho praised Hazard, saying that He is already a top player and his evolution has been fantastic.
Two of Hazard's most common exemplary traits are his pace and technical ability, which have been described as astonishing and mesmerizing.
His speed, acceleration, and dribbling skills, combined with his creativity, as well as his flair, balance, agility, and low centre of gravity, courtesy of his diminutive stature which allows him to retain possession, take on defenders, and beat opponents in one on one situations.
4. Ngolo kante (£32 Million) At Age 26
On 16 July 2016, Kante signed for Chelsea for a reported fee of £32 million.
Kante is predominantly known for his tactical awareness, intelligence, and the defensive aspect of his game — namely his ability to tackle and regain possession, intercept passes, and block shots — he is also capable of playmaking from inside his own half and is an efficient passer on the counter-attack. He is also quick up and down the pitch and often makes late attacking runs.
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