One major headline in recent days has been Chelsea’s purported move for one of the hottest young center-forwards presently in the game Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian striker has been rising to prominence since his days at RB Salzburg in Austria and has carved a niche for himself as a lethal and prolific goalscorer since making the move to Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Haaland, 20, has been a key man for the clubs he’s been playing for since the move to Austria and his development graph based on performances and numbers point to a striker who will only get better with time.
Chelsea are seriously craving his services according to various reports and are intent on getting their man. However, it would cost the Champions of Europe a fortune to prise the coveted asset away from Signal Iduna Park.
Regardless, we’re not looking at the arm and a leg it would cost Roman Abramovich to get Haaland after Chelsea’s UCL triumph under Thomas Tuchel in the 2020/21 season but if the striker will be able to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge as expected after the move.
If there’s a club where the best of strikers move to for huge transfer fees and become a shadow of themselves, then Chelsea is not far away. We’re yet to see that big money center-forward that will blossom at Chelsea after a high-profile move.
The likes of Andrea Shevchenko, Fernando Torres, and Alvaro Morata are the best examples over the years.
Andriy Shevchenko was one of the hottest strikers in Europe at AC Milan before he opted for Chelsea. After his move to Chelsea, the Ukrainian was a shadow of himself and scored just 22 goals in 77 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea after his move worth £30.8 million in 2006.
Fernando Torres made a record switch from Liverpool to Chelsea worth £50 million but played 903 minutes of football before his first goal for Blues.
He spent three seasons at Stanford Bridge and scored 45 goals in 172 appearances in all competitions. This was not the red-hot Liverpool Torres that Chelsea fans looked forward to seeing. He was a shadow of himself but was loved at Stamford Bridge.
Alvaro Morata is the most recent big-money striker to join Chelsea. He made the move worth £60 million from Real Madrid and started out brilliantly. However, he faded out after a short while and scored 24 goals for Chelsea in 72 games in all competitions. He was eventually shipped off as Chelsea had to count their losses.
These strikers came to Chelsea with promises of being the go-to men for goals at Chelsea. Since the Roman Abramovich era, only Didier Drogba and Diego Costa have impressed significantly as center-forwards for the club and this is a cause of concern as loads of strikers have come and gone over the years.
We saw how Timo Werner underwhelmed in his first season after joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig but can Erling Haaland be the exception? Can he do better and hit the expected numbers?
It has been reported that Chelsea may have to go over the £150m mark to get their man and this comes as no surprise for a striker of his age who scored 41 goals in 41 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in the 2020/21 season.
Regardless, we wait to see if Chelsea succeed in their pursuit of the striker and if he will break the big-money strikers’ curse at Chelsea if a move materializes.