Chelsea have spent big in the past week; bringing in Tiemoue Bakayoko for £40m and agreeing terms with Real Madrid for Alvaro Morata – a deal that will be the biggest in the club’s history. But have Chelsea’s biggest signings been value for money or have they failed to live up to their worth? I take a look at the 3 most expensive players in Chelsea history and determine whether or not they have been a success at the club.
1. Fernando Torres – MISS
At £50m, Fernando Torres did not come cheap. This record signing in 2011 sent shock waves around the football world as Torres went from Anfield to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window. This was a time when £50m bought you a world class striker and not someone like Kyle Walker. Despite the huge price tag, Torres flopped big-time in a Chelsea shirt but there were moments of genius from the Spaniard that cemented his place in Chelsea history. During his 4-year spell at Chelsea, Torres only managed 20 goals in the Premier League. That was 1 goal for every 5 appearances for the Blues. His goals in European competitions against Barcelona and Benfica were special moments but merely paper over the cracks of a disappointing spell at the club.
2. David Luiz – HIT
The Brazilian centre-half was inconsistent at times during his first spell at the club but since resigning last summer for £34m, David Luiz has been crucial to the team’s recent success. Playing as the middle centre-back in Antonio Conte’s back 3, Luiz has thrived in a more secure defensive position that allows him to balance his defending and attacking ability. Luiz is protected by fellow centre-backs Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta in the formation as well as N’Golo Kante in front of him. His defending has drastically improved under Conte and he has become a rock in the Chelsea side. A highlight for him since his return has to be the free kick against Liverpool at Anfield; instinct and technique at its best in football.
3. Michy Batshuayi – MISS
Like David Luiz, Bathuayi was signed from Ligue 1 in France. Despite being popular with the fans because of his antics and interaction on social media, the Belgian striker has struggled for game time under Antonio Conte. Diego Costa has played almost every game and has been in fine form but when Batshuayi was called upon, more times than not, he produced. Batman, as he is sometimes known, scored the goal at the Hawthorns to clinch Chelsea the Premier League title with just minutes to go but it was highly unlikely Chelsea weren’t going to win it anyway. A low point for Batshuayi came against Bournemouth on Boxing Day where, with Diego Costa being suspended, he was snubbed as Conte started the game without a recognised striker. Only time will tell if Michy is to become a success at Chelsea but so far, he has not been worth his £33m price tag.
The likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante are just behind these three in terms of value but not in terms of quality. These three all cost £32m each and have been huge hits at Chelsea and are good examples of when Chelsea have spent a lot, but spent wisely. So, will Alvaro Morata be a Fernando Torres or a Diego Costa at Chelsea?