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What are your top 10 Chelsea signings from the last 30 years?


Sep-25 16:05 first published at 16:05 PM

Chelsea’s relationship with the transfer market has been rocky over the last 30 years. With the arrival of co-owner Todd Boehly following the completion of his £4 billion takeover of the club from Roman Abramovich, life at Stamford Bridge is changing. This summer, the Blues spent more than any other Premier League club, signing eight new first-team players and nearly breaking the £300 million mark. Boehly is likely to back new manager Graham Potter when the next transfer window opens in the new year, though plans may have to wait until next summer due to the January transfer window being difficult to complete key deals. It remains to be seen whether any of the new signings under the new ownership model can compete with the likes of Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard, and Didier Drogba. Following Real Madrid’s transfer snub, Chelsea loanee is ‘excited’ for the Premier League challenge. With so many great signings for Chelsea over the years, has chosen our top ten Blues signings over the last 30 years. Let us know who your choices are. Lampard, Frank Frank Lampard is regarded as a Chelsea club legend. Lampard was signed from West Ham at a young age for a fee in the region of £14 million. Under Jose Mourinho, he developed into one of the world’s best midfielders and continued to perform throughout his 13-year career at Stamford Bridge. The current Everton manager made 644 appearances for the Blues, scoring 211 goals and providing 145 assists to remain the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer with 177 goals in the English top flight. Lampard won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup four times, the EFL Cup twice, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League twice, and the FWA Footballer of the Year award in 2005. Drogba, Didier Didier Drogba is a fan favorite and considered to be one of the best all-around strikers in Premier League history. The physicality of the Ivorian striker, combined with his incredible ability in front of goal, allowed him to score 164 goals in 384 appearances for the Blues. His most memorable performance came in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final, when he nodded home a late equalizer against Bayern Munich before scoring the winning penalty to help Chelsea win their first Champions League trophy. Following his historic match-winning performance, Drogba was named Chelsea’s greatest ever player in a poll of 20,000 fans conducted by Chelsea FC Magazine in 2012. After scoring nine goals in nine cup finals for the Blues, the former Ivory Coast international was the definition of a ‘big-game player,’ and his £34 million signing ranks among the best in the club’s history. Eden Danger Eden Hazard was regarded as one of Europe’s hottest prospects when he joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012. Hazard arrived for a fee of £32 million, and the Blues would end up making a significant profit after his £90 million move to Real Madrid in 2019. However, the Belgian winger’s best years were at Stamford Bridge, where fans adored him for his trickery, flair, and overall performances. Hazard scored 202 goals in 352 appearances for Chelsea, winning the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, and two Europa Leagues. Zola, Gianfranco Gianfranco Zola joined Chelsea in 1996 after signing for £4.5 million from Parma. Former manager Claudio Ranieri dubbed the Italian a “wizard” because of his incredible dribbling and footwork. Zola’s most famous moment in a Blues shirt was a brilliant backheel goal against Norwich in 2002, and he is regarded as one of the best players in Chelsea history. Petr Cech Petr Cech established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League history after joining Chelsea for £7 million from Ligue 1 side Rennes. He helped Chelsea win four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, and one UEFA Europa League title, as well as the club’s all-time clean sheet record of 228. Ashley Cooper Ashley Cole moved from Arsenal to direct rivals Chelsea in 2006, while William Gallas moved in the opposite direction. Cole is widely regarded as the best left-back in Premier League history. During his time at Stamford Bridge, he won the Premier League, four FA Cups, the EFL Cup, the UEFA Champions League, and the UEFA Europa League. Makelele, Claude Claude Makelele joined the club in 2003 from Real Madrid and went on to win two Premier League titles, two EFL Cups, and an FA Cup. With exceptional passing and tackling ability, the French midfielder was brilliant for the Blues at breaking up play and starting attacking moves. Makelele was the heartbeat of Ranieri’s Chelsea team, with the Italian manager referring to the French legend as the team’s “battery.” Azpilicueta, Cesar Cesar Azpilicueta has been a constant in Chelsea’s success over the last decade and has proven to be one of the Blues’ best signings. The Spaniard, affectionately known as ‘Dave,’ has been a fantastic defensive addition, and his versatility has proven to be a valuable asset for many managers during his time at Stamford Bridge. Azpilicueta joined Chelsea for £7 million from Marseille in 2012 and is the current club captain, having helped the Blues win two Premier Leagues, an FA Cup, an EFL Cup, the UEFA Champions League, two UEFA Europa Leagues, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup, making him one of the club’s most decorated players. Kante, N’Golo N’Golo Kante joined Chelsea from reigning Premier League champions Leicester in a £30 million transfer in 2016. Kante has been compared to Makelele because of his incredible break-up play and ability to drive forward with the ball, create attacks, and run the midfield to allow more creative players to express themselves in attack. Kante’s contract expires next year, and Graham Potter will be hoping to persuade the 31-year-old to sign an extension after he has been instrumental in the club’s success since his arrival. The France international was instrumental in winning the Premier League in 2016/17 and the UEFA Champions League in 2021. Since joining from Leicester six years ago, Kante has also won the FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. Essien, Michael Michael Essien was part of a brilliant midfield partnership alongside Frank Lampard and proved to be the perfect balancing attack. After joining Chelsea for £14 million from Lyon in 2005, his incredible passing, long-range shooting, and defensive work contributed significantly to the club’s success. 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