Chelsea launched their home kits for the 2015-16 season yesterday, with one notable change in the players’ number being a change in that of Juan Cuadrado.
The Colombian winger took up the No.23 previously worn by Mark Schwarzer, but his preferred No.11 became vacant following the departure of Didier Drogba this summer.
This development will probably mean that the 27-year old attacker is set to stay at Stamford Bridge despite speculation and uncertainty surrounding his future. At Chelsea, the No.11 shirt is an important number with legend Didier Drogba the last person to wear it. Giving Cuadrado such number means he is set to stay.
Juventus, Roma, Atletico and Monaco have all been mooted as likely destinations for Cuadrado, who is reportedly looking to end his miserable first season at Chelsea.
Cuadrado now becomes the fourth player under the Roman Abrahamovich’s era to wear the No.11 shirt, joining Damien Duff, Didier Drogba and Oscar ( who took up the number having previously worn the No.8 left by Blues legend, Frank Lampard) – via SB Nation.
This number, it is hoped, will make Cuadrado return back to his Fiorentina form as it is the number he worn during his excellent time with the Florence club.
Now it is up to the ex-Fiorentina star to up his game and possibly leave a legacy similar to that of the last No. 11 shirt wearer, legend Didier Drogba.
Cuadrado will be looking to flourish and prove his potentials in his first full season with the Premier League champions. His stay at Chelsea will also help national team mate, Radamel Falcao – who was recently recruited by the club – settle quickly.
Falcao was brought in by the West London club to replace Didier Drogba who hung his boots (with Chelsea) at the end of the season.