Here are Chelsea’s last 7 top scorers: Where are they now?
7. Eden Hazard - Chelsea
Kicking us off is the Blues most recent season's top scorer, Eden Hazard, who bagged 17 goals in all competitions last season, two clear of centre-forward Alvaro Morata. Hazard is undoubtedly Chelsea’s best player, and it was key that the club held onto him this summer. They did just that, and the brilliant Belgian could flourish under Maurizio Sarri, in a system likely to afford him more freedom than Antonio Conte’s and certainly more than Jose Mourinho’s.
Hazard was also Chelsea’s top scorer, again with 17 goals, back in the 2013-14 season.
6. Diego Costa - Atletico Madrid
Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid reacts during the La Liga 2018-19 match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on August 25, 2018 in Madrid,...
Diego Costa spent three seasons at Chelsea, and he was the top scorer in every one of them. The robust, aggressive and often downright dirty centre-forward was loathed by opposition fans and players, but understandably adored by Blues faithfuls. The Brazilian-born Spanish international scored 21 goals in his first season at the Bridge, 16 in his second and 22 in his third, leaving the club with a record of 59 goals in 120 games.
When it became clear that Costa no longer had a future in West London in the summer of 2017, he stated in no uncertain terms that he would only welcome a return to Atletico Madrid. He got his move in January 2018, and has since scored 9 goals in 24 games for Atletico.
5. Fernando Torres - Sagan Tosu
Since Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were Chelsea’s seasonal top scorers a combined total of five times, fifth place takes us back to the 2012-13 season. A weird season for Chelsea as Champions League winning boss Roberto Di Matteo was dismissed in November, whilst his unpopular replacement Rafa Benitez led the club to glory in the Europa League, the semi-finals of both domestic cup competitions and a third placed finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s top scorer in the league that season was Frank Lampard, but Fernando Torres’ 9 goals in Europe made him the Blues top scorer in all competitions with 23. It was the only time the £50 million man was Chelsea’s top scorer, and he also returned to Atletico Madrid, whom he left just this summer to join Japanese outfit Sagan Tosu.
4. Frank Lampard - Derby County Manager
Frank Lampard manager of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Derby, England.
Frank Lampard is Chelsea’s all time leading goal scorer, so his inclusion in this seven was an inevitability. The prolific goal-getting midfielder was the Blues seasonal top scorer four times, most recently in the 2011-12 season. His most prolific season was actually the 2009-10 campaign, when he scored 27 goals in all competitions, but he wasn’t the top scorer at Chelsea that season.
Lampard is one of the finest midfield goal scorers of the last half century, and comfortably among the best players to ever turn out in Chelsea blue. He turned out for both Manchester City and New York City FC after departing Stamford Bridge in 2014, retiring in 2016 to work briefly as a pundit and now managing Championship outfit Derby County.
3. Nicolas Anelka - Roda Scout/Consultant
Chelsea’s top scorer for the first time 10 years ago, when they won the FA Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in a season which began under the stewardship of Luiz Felipe Scolari and ended under that of Guus Hiddink, was French journeyman Nicolas Anelka. The former Arsenal, Bolton and Real Madrid man actually played more games for Chelsea than any other club, racking up 184 appearances, during which time he scored 59 goals. Anelka was the Blues seasonal top scorer twice, before departing for China in 2012. Now aged 39, Anelka retired in 2015, and he currently works as a scout and consultant for Dutch second tier outfit Roda.
2. Didier Drogba - Phoenix Rising
Didier Drogba is seen during Le Mans Classic 2018 on July 7, 2018 in Le Mans, France.
There are a couple of things which might come as a surprise here. One is that it is almost a decade since Didier Drogba was Chelsea’s seasonal top scorer - feeling old yet? - and the other is that Nicolas Anelka has been their top scorer more recently than him. Drogba is Chelsea’s fourth highest scorer of all time, but he was only the club’s seasonal top scorer twice. Those two seasons were the 2006-07 and the 2009-10 campaigns, the only two seasons in which Drogba scored 20+ goals in England, although he scored well over 20 goals, netting 33 and 37 times respectively. Now aged 40, Drogba is still going strong and scoring goals in the second tier of US soccer for Phoenix Rising.
1. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - Manager (currently not working)
The fact that every player in this seven, except for Fernando Torres, has been Chelsea’s top scorer on multiple occasions, means that top spot takes us all the way back to the 2003-04 season, just one year shy of Gianfranco Zola making the cut.
The Blues top scorer that season was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who bagged 18 goals in his fourth and final season at the Bridge. A well-rounded centre-forward who was quick across the ground and possessed a ferocious strike with either foot, Hasselbaink retired in 2008. He took up coaching in 2013, but he has been out of work since being sacked by Northampton Town in April 2018.
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