Friday, September 27, 2013

Mikel’s first Premier league goal + Chelsea players whose names rarely made it to the score sheet

While Chelsea fans all over were unable to hide their delight as Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi  scored his first ever Premier League goal after, well 7 years of joining the Blues, Mikel does not stand alone as the only player whose name rarely made the score-sheet in the Premiership. In fact, Mikel has scored a total of 3 goals in all competition for the Blues-he scored 2 goals  in the FA Cup during his earlier days at the club

Players who rarely scored for Chelsea
- Erland Johnsen, like Mikel, he was a big bruising centre-half with excellent aerial ability, however, unlike Mikel he only  bagged one goal in 183 games
- George Barber, Captained the Blues and spent over a decade at the club in the 1930s, Barber scored just once in 294 appearances
- Graham Wilkins, brother of Ray Wilkins managed to score once in 149 appearances and his goal was forgotten thanks to the 4 own goals he netted for the club
- Andriy Shevchenko, joined the Blues from 2006-09 for a whopping £30 million pounds, his performance however did not reflect the amount paid for him. Due to an injury he sustained, Shevchenko was out all through his Chelsea days and he could never really establish himself in the side, he eventually moved back to Dynamo Kiev as a hero
- Adrian Mutu played for Chelsea from 2003-04, he was signed on to the Blues for £15 million pounds and in 2004, he tested positive for cocaine and was released by Chelsea.
*Goalkeepers are obviously the rarest names on the score-sheet when it comes to Chelsea with the exception of Ben Howard Baker who converted against Bradford City in a 1-0 victory in November 1921.

With the return of the Chosen one, let’s hope there will indeed be some changes. Even Fernando Torres who struggled  all through  last season has shown some signs of improvement as he netted his second goal of the season while Eto’o and Demba Ba are yet to score. Torres who scored his second goal against Swindon in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, said: “We have great strikers and all of us will score goals. The Spanish striker believies everyone will make the score sheet this season- “There will be time for all of us to play in important games and score some goals.