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OPINION: Top 5 Best Chelsea Forwards of All Time


Chelsea has boasted some of the best strikers in Premier League history, propelling the team to domestic and European glory. However, Chelsea's all-time leading goal scorer is Frank Lampard, a club legend who did not last long as manager. Despite the recent influx of riches in the Premier League era, not all of Chelsea's legends are still alive. Below is a list of the top five Chelsea strikers of all time. Our number one should not surprise any Chelsea supporter. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for additions to our list in the comments section.

5. Eidur Gudjohnsen

The list could be regarded incomplete without Eidur Samri Gudjohnsen. Former forward Gudjohnsen is now the manager of FH and the assistant manager of Iceland's U17 team. He won the UEFA Champions League and La Liga with Barcelona, as well as two FA Cups and the Premier League with Chelsea. Gudjohnsen played in Iceland, the Netherlands, France, Greece, Belgium, China, and Norway throughout his 22-year club career, which included two fourteen-year stints at Bolton Wanderers. After Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen was the Blues' second pre-season signing. In his first season in London, Gudjohnsen scored 13 goals, and in his second season with Hasselbaink, he scored 52 goals. He had to play a more reserved position once Jose Mourinho was appointed manager, despite being one of Chelsea's best forwards ever. Gudjohnsen scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers to help the club capture two Premier League titles in a row.

4. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

When it comes to goal scoring in the Premier League era, it doesn't get much better than Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Hasselbaink scored 69 goals in 136 Premier League games for Chelsea. Despite the fact that he did not win any trophies during his time at Chelsea, his goals helped the club finish second in the Premier League in his final season. He joined up with strike partner Eiur Gujohnsen for some of the most entertaining football in club history, scoring 20+ goals in each of his first three seasons with the club.

3. Bobby Tambling has 202 goals for Chelsea in 202 games.

Bobby Tambling is the greatest striker of all time based on goals scored for Chelsea. Tambling joined Chelsea in 1959 and made 370 appearances for the club. The Englishman is Chelsea FC's top scorer in the league with 164 goals. He is Chelsea's second-highest goalscorer with 202 goals in all competitions. Tambling held the record for most goals scored for 47 years, until Frank Lampard surpassed him in 2013. Tambling made his Chelsea debut when he was just 17 years old, in 1959. Tambling scored a lot of goals for Chelsea over his 12-year tenure with the club. He did, however, only win one major trophy, the League Cup in 1964/65. Many fans, though, believe Tambling to be one of Chelsea's best attackers of all time.

2. Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola is an Italian football manager and former footballer who was most recently the assistant manager of Chelsea. Zola went to Chelsea in England after playing in Italy, where he won the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two FA Cups, the League Cup, and the Community Shield during the 1996-97 season. After joining Chelsea for £4.5 million as one of many European players, Zola made his debut in a 1-1 draw. Zola made a lot of memorable passes and scored a number of notable goals despite demonstrating his skill and brilliance in his rookie season. Despite being selected the best Chelsea player by the fans, he was honored with an OBE (Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire) during a special event in Rome.

1. Didier Drogba

Drogba, a retired professional footballer from the Ivory Coast, is regarded as one of Chelsea's greatest forwards of all time due to his outstanding performances and abilities. He is best known for his stint with Chelsea, where he scored more goals than any other foreign player. Drogba, widely regarded as one of the greatest Chelsea strikers of all time, debuted for Ligue 2 club Le Mans at the age of 18 and signed his first professional contract two years later. When Drogba joined Premier League club Chelsea for £24 million, he became the most expensive Ivorian footballer in history. It's no wonder that someone who became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals and score in four FA Cup finals is regarded as one of Chelsea's greatest attackers. Drogba's image was sullied after he was accused of cheating by controlling the ball with his hand before scoring his second goal in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Manchester City. It wasn't the first time, since a similar circumstance had transpired against Fulham just a week before.

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