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ROMELU LUKAKU is the latest striker to fall foul of Chelsea's No9 curse.

When Tammy Abraham left the Blues for Roma, the famous number that has undone many a world class centre forward at Stamford Bridge came up for grabs.

13 13£97.5million singing Romelu Lukaku was given the No9 shirt and took it with glee 13However, Lukaku ended up falling foul of No9 curse and flopped at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty 13In the Premier League Lukaku managed just eight goals

It was taken with glee by the £97.

5million signing Romelu Lukaku - with big things expected of him.

However, just like his predecessors - the giant Belgium forward flopped.

In all competitions, he managed a very disappointing 15 goals in 44 games.

Lukaku was put out of his Stamford Bridge misery and sent to Inter Milan on loan in a £7million deal, although there is no obligation to buy.

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Ironically, previous incumbent Abraham is now flying in Serie A - setting a scoring record in last campaign for most goals by an Englishman in a season - 17.

CHRIS SUTTON, 1999-2000

In 1999, Sutton moved to West London from Blackburn for a then mega £10million.

He had made a name for himself at Norwich, then won the title with Blackburn so he had pedigree.

However, he struggled with the burden of the price tag and style of play - scoring just one goal in 39 games.

Sutton was sold the following summer to Celtic for £6m, where he found his form again.

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It was the year Chelsea won their first Premier League title, but it wasn't because of this Serbian forward.

In truth, Kezman had some big boots to fill in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink when he arrived from PSV in a £6m deal.

But after he tore shreds out of defences in the Dutch league, he couldn't repeat that feat on our shores.

Four goals in 25 games later he was sold to Atletico Madrid.

13Mateja Kezman couldn't replicate the form he showed at PSV for ChelseaCredit: PA:Press Association KHALID BOULAHROUZ, 2006-07

Perhaps Chelsea were trying to break the curse at this point, or take the pressure off their strikers.

But in 2006 they gave Dutch defender Boulahrouz the No9 shirt, following his £9m move from Hamburg.

Nicknamed 'The Cannibal', he failed to dislodge John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho.

Injuries didn't help his cause, and he made just 20 appearances before he was loaned out to Sevilla.

13Khalid Boulahrouz, left, made just 20 appearances for the BluesCredit: Reuters STEVE SIDWELL, 2007-08

The ex-Arsenal trainee was a strange signing by the Blues.

After four years impressing at Reading, he was snapped up by Jose Mourinho on a free transfer.

Michael Essien and Frank Lampard were the midfield pair the Special One would turn to, which meant Sidwell made just 25 appearances before he was sold to Aston Villa.

The No9 shirt was free again for a new incumbent.

13Steve Sidwell failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge after Jose Mourinho signed himCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd FRANCO DI SANTO, 2008-09

It was Argentine youth prospect Di Santo who had the shirt (and dreams) pinned on him when Sidwell departed.

A £4m signing from Chilean side Audax Italiano, the centre forward just couldn't find his striking boots.

He made 16 appearances, mostly as a sub in fairness, but never looked like scoring.

Di Santo was sold to Wigan, a season after a poor campaign with Blackburn on loan.

13Argie Franco Di Santo failed to score in 16 games for ChelseaCredit: PA:Empics Sport FERNANDO TORRES, 2011-15

Chelsea fans will argue his goal against Barcelona in the Nou Camp to seal a spot in the final of the 2012 Champions League was worth his £50m transfer fee alone.

But for some reason, the Spain legend could never really get going in a Chelsea shirt.

And it wasn't English football that was a struggle - because over four years at Liverpool he scored 81 goals in 142 games.

However, 45 strikes in 172 games for the Blues was a poor return for 'El Nino'.

13Fernando Torres couldn't replicate the form he showed at Liverpool at Stamford BridgeCredit: Reuters RADAMEL FALCAO, 2015-16

After a disastrous spell at Manchester United, Chelsea knew they were taking a gamble on Falcao.

The Colombian striker arrived on loan with the idea of making the move permanent from Monaco in 2015.

Struggles with his fitness and the pace of the game saw him restricted to just 12 games.

Worse still, he only managed one goal.

13Radamel Falcao was a disaster during his loan at Chelsea - scoring just once in 12 gamesCredit: Getty Images - Getty ALVARO MORATA, 2017-18

Another huge fee was shelled out for Spain striker Morata, who arrived in 2017 for £60m.

A lot was expected of the ex-Real Madrid star, who managed 15 goals in his first season.

Morata even tried to change his shirt number to 29, but things got even worse in his second campaign with the club when he scored just five Premier League goals.

The striker returned to LaLiga with Atletico Madrid with his tail between his legs in 2019.

13The expectation on Alvaro Morata's shoulders was too much for the Spaniard who floppedCredit: Getty - Contributor GONZALO HIGUAIN, 2019

It was Maurizio Sarri's dream signing - and a striker he knew how to get the best out of after managing the Argie at Napoli to great success.

But the Higuain who scored 91 goals in 146 games in Naples three years prior was a shadow of his former self in England.

Fears over his fitness and pace ended up to be true.

And despite scoring a brace in his third game against Huddersfield, he couldn't replicate his goalscoring form from his Serie A days.

Six months, 19 games and five goals later, he returned to Juventus. Ironically, his boss was Sarri again.

13Gonzalo Higuain struggled for fitness during his time in West LondonCredit: Reuters

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Major update on shark attack victim who lost her leg in horror mauling off Florida beach

A TEENAGER who lost her leg in a horror shark attack is finally back home after more than a month of recovery.

Addison Bethea, 17, had been at a Tallahassee, Florida hospital, since she was mauled by a shark, while scalloping on June 30.

3Addison Bethea, the Florida teen who had part of her leg amputated after being bitten by a shark, is released from the Tallahassee Medical Hospital in FloridaCredit: Fox 35 3The 17-year-old had been undergoing post-surgery rehabilitation at the medical facility before she was allowed to return homeCredit: FACEBOOK/FightLikeAddison

"Addison spent 37 days at TMH (Tallahassee Medical Hospital) in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Unit and then the Tallahassee Memorial Rehabilitation Center," the hospital wrote in an update on Facebook.

"She had several successful surgeries to save as much of her leg as possible and is on the path to recovery and eventually using a prosthesis."

As she was leaving the Florida hospital, she was greeted by a round of applause by the staff who helped care for her, as seen in a video posted by the TMH.

"Go Addison, go!" a staff member cheered as the smiling teen seemed to master the crutches she is using to help her walk. 

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As The Sun previously reported, the teen was attacked as she was scalloping alongside her brother, Rhett Willingham, on the coast of Keaton Beach, Florida when she said she felt something touch her leg.

Moments later, she was fighting the shark, which bit her multiple times before her brother helped separate her from the beast.

Her brother, a firefighter and EMT, and other boaters helped tie a tourniquet to control Addison's bleeding until she was airlifted to a trauma center.

The injured teen's mom, Michelle Bethea, told The Sun that Addison grew up watching shows about sharks and discussing what she would do if she were ever caught in an unlikely situation with the animal.

"Oddly Addison's always watched shows about sharks and when you grow up on the water - this is always something you always discuss," Michelle said.

"She did try to do everything right - like hitting the shark on the nose.

"Addison tried to pry the shark off of her own finger and that's an instinct that you can't give advice on - that's a survival instinct."

Michelle explained how Addison and her three brothers have been scalloping since they could swim.

She also noted that her daughter was "buddy swimming with her brother" when the attack occurred.

Despite the attack, which Michelle is calling a "freak accident," she insists her daughter is still going to get back in the water.

"You can't stop living your life because this happened. It was clear water, a calm day, and she had a swimming buddy," the mom-of-four added.

Michelle is optimistic that her "tough and strong" daughter will adjust well to this major life change and said Addison's attitude remains positive.

Despite the optimism, Michelle admitted that her family will soon be "enduring quite a few medical costs as Addison will require prosthetics in the near future."

"Our concern is that Addison has the best mobility going forward and this is what's going to give her the most normal life. That's why we've gone this route," Michelle explained.

She hopes people can help support her daughter through the several approved fundraisers that have been set up.

A GoFundMe page set up to help with medical expenses related to her attack and rehabilitation has so far raised just over $87,000 of the $125,000 goal.

More than 1,200 donations have been made to the page.

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Florida is sometimes referred to as the "shark bite capital of the world" and experts say we're entering the peak season for shark bites.

According to Florida’s Shark Attack File, August and September are the two months historically known for the most shark attacks and the vast majority of them happen on the coast of Florida's Volusia county.

3A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for prosthesis and post-op rehabilitationCredit: Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

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