Filipe Luis will be the third first-team signing Chelsea have made during the summer transfer window, and now that he's agreed to a contract with the Blues, he's been assigned a shirt number as well. Here's Gigi Salmon breaking the news:
Welcome to Chelsea Filipe Luis who has signed a 3 year contract with The Blues and will wear the number 5 shirt #cfc— Gigi Salmon (@gigi_salmon) July 18, 2014
The number 5 shirt at Chelsea has some fairly nice history during the past 20 years. After being worn by Erland Johnson, Frank Leboeuf wore it for the next half-decade. It went unused for a few years before Alexei Smertin wore it for a season, before Michael Essien made it his own starting in 2005.
While it's unlikely that Luis will have the same sort of career at Chelsea that the number 5 before him did, hopefully his time at the club will see Chelsea win trophies at the same sort of clip that they did in Essien's best years.