Salomon Armand Magloire Kalou
(born 5 August 1985) is an Ivorian footballer
who plays as a striker
in the Premier League
.He is often used on the wings at Chelsea. He has a preference for playing on the left wing as this gives him opportunities to cut inside and take shots with his favoured right foot.
Ivory Coast and Netherlands
Born in Oumé
, Côte d'Ivoire
, like his older brother Bonaventure
, Kalou began his career in local club Mimosas
before plying his trade in Europe. Auxerre
coach Guy Roux
wanted to sign him to unite him with his brother, former Feyenoord player, Bonaventure Kalou
. However, Kalou signed for Feyenoord Rotterdam
in 2003. In 2004 he was loaned to Feyenoord's "satellite club" Excelsior Rotterdam
Then he returned to Feyenoord and played in the Dutch top flight for two seasons from 2004 to 2006. During his time at Feyenoord, Salomon scored 35 goals in 67 league appearances for the Rotterdam club, and also won an individual award when he won the Johan Cruijff Award
in 2005 for being the most promising young talent of that season.
Kalou moved to Chelsea
on 30 May 2006, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be approximately £9,000,000. Under contract with Chelsea until 2009, Kalou was handed the number 21 jersey.
Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho
praised the young Ivorian as being hardworking, versatile, eager to improve, and unafraid of the physical side... Read More