When it comes to signing players, the fans are always in anxious and frantic mood about this. Chelsea fans are no exception and the club’s lack of summer transfer activity is already creating tensions. But just as a reminder that hasty summer business doesn’t guarantee getting a good deal or season, I have compiled 5 of Chelsea’s worst transfers in the Abramovich era. Here are they:
The Spanish striker was a torn in Chelsea flesh during his hay days at Liverpool. His skill set and scoring touch made him coveted by Chelsea. During the winter transfer window in 2011, Chelsea paid a then British transfer record of £50m to get him. But the Spaniard couldn’t replicate his fantastic form and it took him two months to break his duck and score his first goal for the club. The major highlight was his glaring miss against Manchester at Old Trafford. At the end, he left the club for nothing.
The Ukrainian was another expensive buy who flattered to deceive. Never really adjusted to life in England and was a shadow of powerful striker he was at AC Milan which convinced Chelsea to shell out over £30m for his signature. He was a square peg in a round hole at Chelsea.
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The Argentine midfield dynamo had an unmemorable spell at Chelsea after also failing to hit great heights at Manchester United. A luxury signings who cut a frustrated figure at the club. Bought for about £20m, the Argentine never really showed the stuff he was made of.
The versatile Dutch defender was bought by then manager, Jose Mourinho as a direct replacement for Williams Gallas who left the club acrimoniously. But Khalid was an error-prone and lax defender whose £7m fee was a big cheat on the club. He made only a handful of appearances and departed to Hamburg for only half of what Chelsea signed him.
The £21m signing from Manchester City was a huge waste of cash after failing to deliver on promise. He was reduced to substitute role after failing to dislodge the likes of Joe Cole, Arjen Robben and Damien Duff from the Chelsea team in the wing-forward role. He clearly didn’t fit and was later re-signed by City for half the price Chelsea paid.
You can comment on your worst Chelsea signings too. Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers.