Former Chelsea striker scores first goal for new club with sublime diving header

Salomon Kalou Ivory Coast

Salomon Kalou is off the mark for Hertha Berlin after an excellent finish against VfL Wolfsburg.

Chelsea snapped up Salomon Kalou from Feyenoord in a deal believed to be worth £9 million in 2006. But despite big hopes for the player he spent the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge playing second fiddle or out on the wing, despite considering himself a striker.

He moved to French Ligue 1 outfit Lille on a Bosman deal in 2012. His form for Lille was also up and down. He struggled at times but in the second half of the 2012-13 campaign the former Chelsea man was on fire. Kalou played 15 times for Lille in the 2013 section of 2012-13 and scored an impressive 12 goals in that period - often as the lone front-man.

It was that type of record that saw the ex-Chelsea striker linked with returns to the Premier League. Arsenal, QPR and West Ham were all at one point thought to be chasing his signature.

However despite his impressive goal record, which stood at 34 goals in 79 games, he was not widely received by the Lille fans as his all round play was inconsistent and sloppy.

This summer the club were happy to let him go - with Hertha Berlin of the Bundesliga snapping him up for an undisclosed fee.

And last night, in his third game for the club, he got himself off the mark. He scored in the 35th minute of Hertha's game with VfL Wolfsburg to secure their first win of the new Bundesliga campaign.

Kalou secured all three points with a delicious diving header after Wolfsburg were caught out at the back.

Hertha fans will be hoping to see plenty more where this came from.

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch