Chelsea

Chelsea’s Top 5 …Worst Signings. Ever.

Andriy Shevchenko: Top of the flops

The Top 5 players who would rather forget their miserable time at Stamford Bridge.

Winston Bogarde

Bogarde’s time at Chelsea was notable because only weeks after signing his contract with the club, new boss Claudio Ranieri wanted him to leave. Signed without the knowledge of previous manager Gianluca Vialli, he arrived on recommendation from Mario Melchiot as an international pedigree defender.

Despite the London club’s desire to get rid, Bogarde demanded that his contract be respected and subsequently never played for Chelsea again. In the end he made just 11 appearances during his four year contract – reportedly earning £40,000 a week.

With his reputation in tatters, he failed to find a new club and retired at the age of 34.

Juan Sebastian Veron

Roman Abramovich made a huge splash at the start of his tenure at the Bridge including the misguided £15m transfer of Veron from Manchester United in the summer of 2003. Astonishingly this was only around half the amount that Alex Ferguson had spent on bringing the Argentine to Old Trafford just two years earlier.

Predictably he failed to make the most of his second chance in English football and proved to be completely ineffectual in a Chelsea shirt.

Inexplicably his complete ineptitude on the football pitch appeared to be strictly confined to these shores as after only a handful of appearances for the Blues, he was loaned to Inter Milan where he helped them win two Scudettis.

Asier Del Horno

The special one got things right more often than not but how can we overlook the £8m fee Jose Mourinho paid to bring left back Del Horno to West London in the summer of 2005.

The Spaniard showed early promise but went downhill fast after being sent off against Barcelona for a rash challenge on Lionel Messi. Mourinho quickly lost faith in him and he was flogged to Valencia at a loss of £3m only a year later.

Andriy Shevchenko The Ukrainian’s £30.8m transfer from AC Milan was an English record buy back in 2006 but he was to find himself permanently on the bench behind Didier Drogma after consistently failing to find the back of the net. 14 goals in 51 appearances was not really the return Chelsea were looking for and after being loaned back to Milan, he is now back with his first club Dynamo Kiev – for a fraction of his original transfer fee. Shocking business.

Adrian Mutu Chelsea splashed out £15.8m on Mutu in 2003 but he was sacked for taking cocaine a year later. The Blues effectively gave the striker away for free, with Juventus signing him after his seven-month suspension. They say lightening doesn’t strike twice but the Romanian international has just received a second lengthy bad after failing an anti-doping test in January. After successfully rebuilding the reputation he destroyed in England with Florentina, the striker will now be out of action for nine months.

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