Premier League giants Chelsea have a history with struggling big money strikers and it's not really a surprise that German national team player Timo Werner has struggled to impose himself in the first year of his Chelsea career. The Blues fans have been down the road of £50m strikers underwhelming at the club.
Ukrainian football legend Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres are £50m strikers who didn't live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge and Werner could be in that unwanted club following his £49.5m transfer from RB Leipzig of the German Bundesliga last season.
Werner has managed a return of 11 goals and 12 assists in 44 games for Chelsea in his debut season with eight coming as a substitute. His goal return is not enough for a striker that cost a lot of money though they are similar to the one from Didier Drogba who made a slow start at Stamford Bridge before going to become one of the best players in the Blues history. Werner would be hoping that he can emulate Drogba by going on to do great things with the Blues after an average start at the club.
Drogba scored 16 goals and provided eight assists in 41 games for Chelsea in his first season (2004/05 campaign). He made 30 starts and 11 substitute appearances during that first season.
On his part, Shevchenko scored 14 goals and 10 assists in 51 appearances for the Blues in his first season at Stamford Bridge (2006/07 campaign). 10 of those games was as a substitute.
Fernando Torres was involved with more goals than the other three players. The Spaniard scored 11 goals plus 16 assists in 49 games including 17 substitute appearances. In one of those appearances off the bench, Fernando Torres scored the goal that took Chelsea to the 2012 Champions League final. It was the biggest contribution in a Chelsea shirt for the Spaniard. Fernando Torres was part of the Chelsea team that beat Bayern Munich on penalties to win the competition for the first time ever.