Mark Hughes was a key signing in Chelsea's transformation into a side capable of winning trophies in the 1990s.
In the summer of 1995 the directors at Chelsea took the decision to try and attract top quality players with experience of winning. Hughes certainly fitted the bill having won two league titles and three FA Cups at his previous club.
Although he was never a prolific goalscorer, Hughes' powerful hold up play helped performances improve through his first season. However, it was not until the arrival of Gianfranco Zola that Chelsea fans saw the best of the Welshman. The pair formed an almost perfect partnership and were instrumental in us winning the FA Cup in 1997. Hughes in particular, was outstanding in the Fourth Round victory over Liverpool, his all round power turning the game after coming on as substitute with us trailing 2-0.
The following year 'Sparky' added to his considerable trophy cabinet by winning the League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup. Although not a regular in the line-up for European games it was his spectacular volley that won the semi-final against Vicenza with time running out.
His Chelsea career ended with a tally of 39 goals from 123 games as well as those three winners' medals.