Best Chelsea Forwards of all time

Wed 09 December 2020 | 10:30

Some factors such as goal-scoring shoots, crucial goals, and unparalleled assist passes can make a player one of the best, and his name last forever. By this article, we are going through the list of best Chelsea forwards of all time.

Chelsea FC, which its full name is Chelsea Football Club, and nicknamed "the Blue" as one of the world's most prominent, and most-supported football club, has a lot of stars that the following article has focused on the best Chelsea forwards of all time.

All-time best Chelsea Forwards

Being considered as the best one clubs in the world depends on many factors, which signing the best and talented players is one of them or even the most important of them. Overviewing the Blue's performances in competitions in the football world will show the significant role of its 

all-time best Chelsea forwards

, which has caused the team to win crucial matches over the years. 

Each famous club with a rich history comes from many brilliant players on its yearbook, which Chelsea's fans might remember some of them not only by the memorable moments they made but also by their positions in supporters' minds and hearts. Here are some of the best ever Chelsea forwards, who Chelsea's fan will remember them for years. 

Nicolas Anelka 

Born in 1979, Nicolas Anelka is a former player who played as a forward and a French professional football manager. During his career as a player, Anelka regularly featured in his country's national team and scored at crucial moments. His ability in both scoring and assisting goals have described him as a classy and quick player, with good aerial skill, technique, shooting, and movement off the ball. Anelka is also famous for being capable of playing both as a main and a second striker, which deserved him to be among the

 best ever Chelsea forwards


The goal, which Anelka scored in Chelsea's final Premier League game of the season at Sunderland, put him as a top goal scorer and earned the Golden Boot for him with 19 goals. 

Despite his extraordinarily successful appearance and plays, Analka's longevity at the highest level was the most impressive feature in his sports life, which caused him to be on the list of

 Best Chelsea forwards of all time

Beginning his career at Paris Saint-German, Anelka soon moved Just for £500,000 to


, and became a first-team regular, and won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award the following season. By playing 72 times for Arsenal, and 17 times as a sub, Anelka scored 27 goals before going to

Real Madrid

 for £22.3 million in 1999, which was an astonishing profit.

In 2000, because of not settling in well, Anelka returned to PSG for a £20 million deal. Although Anelka appeared regularly in the first-team football in Paris, he focused on the Premier League once more and moved on loan to Liverpool in 2002, but at the start of the 2002-03 season joined Manchester City for £13. Anelka won the Champions League with Real Mad, and then in Liverpool and Manchester City, and scored 37 goals in 98 games. 

After the retirement as a player, in 2017, Anelka joined the technical staff of Roda JC, and about one year later, in November 2018, he joined Lille as a youth-offensive coach. 

Diego Costa

Having a net worth of $40 million, Diego Cost, whose name is in the list of 

Chelsea best forwards ever

, spent his youth career playing for 


and made his senior debut for Braga. Following Costa's playing for Barga, he was loaned to Penafiel and signed with Atletico Madrid the following year. 

Attracting several big clubs' attentions via remarkable performances, Costa's transferred happened to Premier League club 


in a deal worth €35 million, which later became one of the 

best Chelsea forwards ever


Two Premier League titles, and a League Cup, are the trophies Costa won in London. Referring to the rift with the head coach, Antonio Conte, Costa returned to Atletico Madrid though, his transfer worth was a club record one, an initial €56 million, and additionally won a UEFA Europa League title and another UEFA Super Cup. 

Since Costa is a dual citizen of Brazil and Spain, experienced playing for Brazil in 2013, and made his debut for Spain in 2014 meanwhile, Costa has won 24 caps and scored ten goals, and also represented them at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

Eidur Gudjohnsen

Not having Eidur Samri Gudjohnsen among the 

best forwards in Chelsea history

 may cause the list an incomplete one. Gudjohnsen, who was the former player as a forward, is the current manager of FH and the assistant manager of the Iceland national under- football team.

Winning the UEFA Champions League and La Liga with Barcelona and the FA Cup and Premiership twice with Chelsea are considered as his most excellent success in England and Spain. Along with two spells at Bolton Wanderers, fourteen years apart, Gudjohnsen got the experience of playing in Iceland, the Netherlands, France, Greece, Belgium, China, and Norway in a club career, which lasted for 22 years. 

Being signed by the Premier League club Chelsea for a fee of £4.5 million, Gudjohnsenwas was the second striker which the Blues signed with on that pre-season, after Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

During his first season in London, Gudjohnsenwas mostly used as a substitute while scored 13 times, and in his second season, via forming a partnership with Hasselbaink provided 52 goals for Chelsea in all competitions. Although his excellent performances had made him one of the 

best Chelsea forwards of all time

, following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as a manager made a more withdrawn role for him to play. By playing in the assigned role, Gudjohnsenwas helped the club win two successive Premier League titles and also scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 home win over 

Blackburn Rovers


Jimmy Greaves

Looking at Greaves' scored goals during the time he was a player will give an excellent description of his talent and why he is among the best striker in Chelsea history. He is England's fourth highest international goalscorer with 44 goals, 

Tottenham Hotspur

's highest ever goalscorer with 266 goals, the highest goalscorer in the history of English top-flight football with 357 goals.

Also, by scoring six hat-tricks, Greaves is the one who has done it for England more than anyone else. During the days which Greaves was a schoolboy, Chelsea's Jimmy Thompson evaluated him, and at age 15, Greaves signed on as an apprentice, which two years later caused him to begin his professional career at Chelsea

By scoring 51 goals in the 1955-56 season and 122 goals in the 1956-57 season, Greaves made an impression at the youth level when it was under the tutelage of Dick Foss. Despite Greaves' continuous brilliant professional plays and being one of the best Chelsea forwards of all time, Joe Mears, the club chairman, agreed to sell him because Chelsea needed extra cash. The final game of the 1960-61 season coincided with Greaves last games, in which he was made captain and scored his 13th hat-trick for Chelsea, brought a 43- win against 

Nottingham Forest

 by scoring all four goals. 

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Kerry Dixon

Kerry Dixon, the English retired professional footballer, is one of the 

best Chelsea forwards of all time

. Dixon spent most of his notable club career at Chelsea, and despite winning the Second Division twice, he scored 193 goals across all competitions, which made him the third-highest Chelsea's goalscorer of all time. 

Scoring 3 with Reading, 2 and 1 with Chelsea respectively, Dixon was the top goalscorer in his teams' divisions, for the three seasons in a row, 1982-83, 1983-84, and 1984-85. After playing for Reading, Dixon signed with Chelsea, while its chairman, Ken Bates, was hesitant at first because of facing with the £150,000 transfer fee plus an additional £25,000; however, he relented, and the deal went ahead. Dixon, one of the best ever Chelsea strikers, impact it immediately by scoring two goals on his debut against Derby County and 32 other goals through the season.

By the Dixon's scored goals, the club romped to promotion as Second Division champions to reach the First Division the next five years away. Also, Dixon's scored a hat-trick against 

Leeds United

 caused Chelsea to clinch promotion with a 5-0 win. Dixon continued his impressive impact on the First Division by the memorable volley he scored in the opening match against Arsenal at Highbury in a 1-1 draw. Overall, Dixon, as one of the all-time best Chelsea strikers, scored 193 goals in total and became Chelsea's third-highest goalscorer of all time, behind only Bobby Tambling and Frank Lampard. 

Jerrel Floyd Hasselbaink

Though starting playing football initially as a goalkeeper, Hasselbaink later transited to the role of a right-winger and finally a forward. In 2000, by signing a four-year contract, Hasselbaink joined Chelsea for a club fee of £15 million, and on his Blues debut, his scored goal helped them to win the 2000 FA Charity Shield with a 2-0 over Manchester. Hasselbaink finished the 2000-01 season as the winner of the Premier League Golden Boot by his 23 scored goals in 35 league appearances, including four goals in a 6-1 win against 

Coventry City


Additionally, Hasselbaink, as one of the best Chelsea strikers ever, scored a hat-trick when Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-0. Hasselbaink's hamstring injury led him to be a doubt for the final and which caused him to be substituted on 68 minutes as Chelsea lost 2-0 rivals Arsenal.

Through his 17 scored goals in all competitions of the 2003-04 season, which they made Hasselbaink the top-scorer at the club for the third time in four years. Also, Hasselbaink, on his 32nd birthday, came on as a 60th-minute substitute for Geremi while scored his notable hat-trick, by which Chelsea came from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 at Stamford bridge. So, it is obvious why his name is among the best Chelsea forwards of all time. 

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Peter Osgood

As one of Chelsea best forwards ever, Osgood's scored goals for Chelsea as a junior on his debut showed how much Chelsea's choice in signing with him was correct. Scoring 30 goals in just 20 games going into a month of the tall, skillful goalscorer teenager caused a buzz surrounding and paved his way to becoming a regular first-teamer.

The teenager, who later became one of the best strikers in Chelsea history, was hailed as a possible late call-up for Alf Ramsey's World cup squad. Unfortunately, suffering from a broken leg in a challenge by Blackpool's Emlyn Hughes in the League Cup curtailed his progress, led him to miss Chelsea's first-ever Wembley FA Cup final in 1967, and finally, Chelsea lost to Tottenham Hotspur 1-2. 

Although it was an absolute disappointment for Osgood, after his return, Dave Sexton, the new manager, recognized Osgood's abilities by playing him often as a midfielder, though mostly, Chelsea's fans remember him as a goal-scoring center-forward. In total, Osgood, the Wizard of Os title, scored 105 goals for the Blues in 289 appearances. Being among the only nine players who scored in every round of the FA Cup, and having a significant role for Chelsea to victory in a replayed final against Leeds United, made him deserved called as one of the best Chelsea forwards ever. 

Bobby Tambling

The Chelsea's all-time top scorer for 47 years, Bobby Tambling, played as a forward, most notably for Chelsea, 

Crystal Palace

, and England. During the time, which Tambling was a schoolboy, several teams including Reading, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Blackpool sought to sign him as a professional player. In 1957, following the meeting Tambling has with scout Jimmy Thompson and Ted Drake, the manager, he joined Chelsea as a 15-year-old teenager. Aged 17, Tambling made his debut and scored in a 3-2 sin against West Ham United.

Following the transfer of Jimmy Greaves to

AC Milan

, Tambling got the opportunity of becoming Chelsea's striker, which years later he became one of the best Chelsea forwards of all time. 

After Chelsea's relegation to the Second Division, Tommy Docherty made Tambling as the club captain, and by adding Terry Venables and Peter Bonetti, made an immediate return in Chelsea. 

Playing a member of the team in 1965, Tambling won the 1965 Football League Cup Final, and by playing over two legs, he scored the first goal in the first leg, a 3-2 defeat 

Leicester City

. While Tambling, who was one of best Chelsea forwards of all time, scored for Chelsea, his 85th-minute goal was little more than a consolation as Tottenham Hotspur with Greaves and Venables, who were Chelsea's former players, won 2-1.

Didier Yves Drogba

Drogba, the Ivorian retired professional footballer, is the player whose brilliant performances and his extraordinary skills made him one of the best Chelsea forwards of all time. In comparison with any other foreign player, he has scored more goals and is best known for his career at Chelsea. Widely regarded as one of the best Chelsea strikers ever, Drogba made his professional debut for Ligue 2 club Le Mans at his 18 and two years later signed his first professional contract.

He finished the 2003-03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, then transferred to Olympique de Marseille and scored 19 goals by which helped the club reach the 2004 UEFA Cup Final. The £24-million fee, which Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea for, made him the most expensive Ivorian player in history.

Chelsea could win their first league title in 50 years, with Drogba's help in his debut season. No wonder why a person who became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals, and the first player to score in four separate FA Cup finals, is one of the best Chelsea forwards ever. The charges of cheating of using his hand to control the ball before scoring his second goal, during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Manchester City, defaced Drogba's reputation. Though it was not the first time, and a similar incident had happened against


just a week in advance.

Gianfranco Zola

Playing predominantly as a forward, Gianfranco Zola is the Italian football manager and a former footballer, who was most recently the assistant manager of Chelsea. After playing in Italy, Zola moved to English side Chelsea, and during the 1996-97 season was voted the won the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, two FA Cups, the League Cup, and the Community Shield. Joining Chelsea for £4.5 million as one of several continental players, Zola made his debut in a 1-1 draw. In his debut season, despite demonstrating his skill and talent, Zola put in several remarkable plays, scoring a series of memorable goals.

Despite being chosen as the best Chelsea player in the viewpoint of fans, he won an OBE, Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire, in a special ceremony in Rome. 

All in all, Chelsea fans know that there is a large number of best forwards in Chelsea history, which due to being impossible to mention them, Sportmob just presented a shortlist of ten of Chelsea's best strikers. So, if you want to add more to our list, let us know in the comment section.

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