Key former player Sat 25 Oct 2014
Eidur Gudjohnsen was one of the important core of the team that spanned the pre and post Abramovich regime.
Eidur's early career was beset by injury problems and it was only after he joined Bolton that he began to show his true potential. After two promising seasons there he joined Chelsea for £4.5m, initially as back up to the existing strike force. Eidur took his chances when given them, notably a goal against Liverpool on his first league start. He finished that season with 13 goals despite being used mostly as a substitute.
In his second season Eidur flourished, forming a prolific partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Together they scored 52 goals and their partnership was at times almost telepathic. Injury problems again flared though and Eidur's form was inconsistent over the following two years.
It was only when Jose Mourinho took over as manager that his career flourished again. Mourinho recognised that Eidur's touch and vision would be suited to a more withdrawn role. In this position he was to contribute greatly to our back-to-back championship successes.
In all, Eidur scored 78 goals in his 263 Chelsea appearances before joining Barcelona in June 2006. He was to receive a fantastic reception from the Chelsea supporters when he returned with Barcelona for a Champions League tie later that year.