Many Chelsea fans were disappointed with the January loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus, with the striker failing to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge.
The Argentine striker is set to return to Juventus when his loan contract ends this month.
While fans are happy to see Higuain leave Stamford Bridge, another South American also failed to impress during his loan spell at Stamford Bridge.
According to FourFourTwo, Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato is Chelsea’s worst loan deal in the Premier League era. The Brazilian is also among the 8 worst loan signings in Premier League history.
Pato joined Chelsea on loan from Brazilian club Corinthians in January 2016.
FourFourTwo on Chelsea’s loan signing of Pato: “Chelsea could help fill this list on their own thanks to their lust for one-time wonderkids on a downward curve. Ricardo Quaresma fitted the bill upon his 2009 arrival, while Radamel Falcao was recruited in 2015 despite his Manchester United misadventure.
“The failures of both were widely foreseen, and even fewer outside Stamford Bridge expected much from Pato when Chelsea brought him to London in January 2016. The forward’s initial impact in Milan had waned after a succession of injuries, and at just 26 he was a spare part back in Brazil at Corinthians when the Blues took a punt on reputation.
“Pato spent weeks getting himself match-fit – and cultivating some Lord Lucan-style facial fluff – before eventually making his debut on April 2. And although he did score from the penalty spot at doomed Aston Villa, it was one of only two Blues appearances.”