Graham Cummins' top three Chelsea players of the Premier League era

Graham Cummins' top three Chelsea players of the Premier League era
Chelsea's Didier Drogba in action during a Barclays Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. 

HAVING been the second most successful team in Premier League history, it’s no surprise that Chelsea have had had some world-class players represent the club during that time. 

Here is my selection for Chelsea’s three most important players during the Premier League era.

Having arrived at Stamford Bridge for £11 million from West Ham, Chelsea fans were sceptical at first of the fee the club paid for Frank Lampard, but the now Chelsea manager proved to be the best signing the Londoners ever made. 

He is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer with 211 goals and won every trophy with Chelsea. Lampard wasn’t a technically gifted midfielder. 

He wasn’t the type of midfielder that would dictate and control the tempo of the match, like a David Silva, but his timing of runs allowed him to score goals, making him one of the greatest midfielders to play in the Premier League.

He might have been a small man but Gianfranco Zola made a big impact during his seven years at the club. The Italian transformed the club, winning two FA Cups, a League Cup and a European Cup Winners’ Cup with Chelsea. 

Zola left the club the summer Roman Abramovich arrived but such was the Russian’s admiration for the Italian, that after Zola declared he would not go back on his word to join Cagliari, the Russian reportedly attempted to buy the Sardinian club for Zola’s services.

Where would Chelsea be without Didier Drogba? 

The striker was pivotal in Chelsea securing the Champions League in 2012, scoring the equalising goal and the winning penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich. A bit of an unknown quantity when the Ivory Coast striker arrived at the club first time round in 2004, Drogba soon established himself as one of the best strikers in the world. 

He was a big powerful presence and there hasn’t been a better player at leading the line in the Premiership. He did not feature as much during his second stint at the club but still managed to win another League Cup and league title second time round.

John Terry is the most notable absentee. For all that he achieved at Chelsea he still missed out on the club’sEuropean Cup win in 2012. He almost cost the club the trophy by getting stupidly sent-off in the semi-final against Barcelona, yet the Blues managed to progress and win without him. 

The former Chelsea captain also missed a crucial penalty in the 2008 European Cup final shootout against Manchester United, costing the Pensioners more European glory. Terry’s past mistakes should not be forgotten when picking this selection.

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