Each of the five Chelsea legends in contention for a place on the Shed Wall have received a 21st-century take on their playing abilities in the form of a FIFA Ratings Card. Jimmy Greaves is the next we showcase here...
Voting to decide which former player joins many other Chelsea greats on the Shed Wall remains open for another week, until Friday 22 March. Our former prolific striker is joined on the shortlist by Bobby Tambling, John Hollins, Roy Bentley and Charlie Cooke, and you can cast your vote here.
It is certainly no surprise to see Greaves’s shooting ability score so highly on his Ratings Card below.
It terms of games per goal for Chelsea, our marksman’s strike rate in his four seasons at Chelsea may never be matched. He scored every 1.3 matches between 1957 and 1961, including 13 hat-tricks, three four-goal hauls and five in one game on no less than three times.
A prodigy in our youth team, Greaves is the youngest to reach 100 league goals and his 43 goals in his final season with us remains a Chelsea record for most in one season. Four of those came in his very last match – all those netted by his team that day in a 4-3 win. He was carried off the pitch by the adoring fans.
His darting pace, unerring shooting accuracy, eye for an opportunity and the sheer variety and unpredictability in the ways he scored his goals marks him out. For many, Jimmy Greaves is simply the most natural goalscorer England has ever produced.