TOP CHELSEA FLOPS OF THE ROMAN ERA
Chelsea Fc are one of the few clubs in the epl and probably Europe, who are known for flexing their financial muscles in the transfer market. Notably since the arrival of the oil rich Russian owner Mr Roman Abramovich.
The Russian billionaire, has repeatedly pumped in a huge amount of money on players transfer since he bought the west London club. But one common thing about transfers is that not all go down well as expected, as some players do not tend to live up to the amount paid for their services and thus eventually end up as “flops”.
I will be looking at a number of players who have been bought by Chelsea under Roman Abramovich’s era, and in no particular order rank the top 12 of those failed transfers.
12. Alexandra Pato:
Very few will still remember the 30 year old Brazilian played for Chelsea at some point.
Regarded as a panic buy when he joined from South America on loan in January 2016, Pato spent most of his time on the bench for Chelsea. He made a combined total of 131 minutes and scored just a goal from the penalty spot.
11. Yossi Benayoun:
Blame it on injuries and lack of game time, as the Israeli midfielder was a joy to watch during his time at Liverpool. His creativity on the ball attracted Chelsea to pay for his services.
Although he got a goal in his first game for the blues, but that was probably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt as the rest was history. He was eventually shipped out on loan to London rivals Arsenal.
10. Papy Djilobodji:
Who ever sanctioned the deal for the Senegalese, probably did it under the influence of something. Because Djilobodji went down as one of the worst panic buys ever made by the west London club.
He played only one minute in his short lived Chelsea career, as even the then manager Jose Mourinho said he wasn’t his preferred choice for a defender.
9. Danny Drinkwater:
One of the pillars of the Leciester City Epl winning side alongside blues team mate Ngolo Kante, the blues decided to pay a hefty 35 milion to bring him to Stamford bridge on deadline day.
But the rest they say is history, as Drinkwater will probably go down as one of the worst transfer decisions made by the Chelsea board under Roman’s era.
8. Khalid Boulahrouz:
Signed in 2006 for 8.5 milion, many long time Chelsea supporters will probably remember the signing of the defender. Famously Known for wearing the number 9 shirt as a defender.
The player eventually was sold to Stuttgart 2 years later after a strings of poor performances at Chelsea.
7. Sebastian Veron:
One of the very rare occasions witnessing United selling players to Chelsea, Veron joined for half the fee United paid for his services as Chelsea landed the Argentine midfielder for 14 milion in 2004.
Veron failed to make much of an impact at Chelsea, as he only played a combined 14 times in what was an unimpressive 4 year spell with the west London club.
6. Baba Rahman:
Joined for 14 milion from Shalke 04 after a relatively impressive spell in Germany, but the Ghanian will go on to struggle in the 2015/2016 season for Chelsea which eventually saw Mourinho fired by the club.
The left back was eventually loaned back to Shalke after an unimpressive outing with the blues.
5. Adrian Mutu:
Signed from Parma in 2003, the player will go down as one of Chelsea’s regrettable signings in history.
Although he had 10 goals in 27 appearances for the blues, but off the field issues which included him failing a drug test brought an end to his Chelsea career. He will later go on to be sued by the club for breach of contract.
4. Alvaro Morata:
Signed for a record 60 milion pounds from Real Madrid, the Spanish striker came in with a lot of expectations and even had a bright start to life at Chelsea, which included a hat trick against stoke in his first set of games for the blues.
But injuries and lack of game time coupled with incredible misses in front of goal, saw the Spanish striker eventually shipped out in his second season to Atletico Madrid on loan. He later went on to make the move permanent.
3. Radamel Falcao:
Having previously flopped at United, Falcao will eventually go on to join the blues on a free transfer in 2015.
But it didn’t quite go according to plan at Chelsea, as lack of game time and poor performances saw him have a second disastrous spell in England. Many wouldn’t even remember the Colombian was once a Chelsea player.
2. Andriy Shevchenko:
One of the dream signings of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who paid a then club record fee of 30 milion for the player.
Shevchenko will eventually go on to be one of Chelsea’s worst big money signings in history, as he wasn’t able to live up to the huge expectations on his shoulders upon arrival at Stamford bridge. He scored 22 goals in 3 years at Chelsea.
1. Fernando Torres:
Many Chelsea fans woke up to the news that their club had captured the signing of Liverpool striker Torres on deadline day, for a then English transfer record of 50 milion pounds.
The Spaniard just couldn’t justify the heavy price tag, as he frequently struggled for form during his time at Chelsea as he was a shadow of his former self. Torres will eventually go on to score a remarkable goal at Camp Nou, one which many Chelsea fans will say was worth 50 milion Chelsea paid for his services.