Jose Mourinho’s worst signings
Jose Mourinho has hardly had to go through the bucket of bargains when it comes to signing players throughout his illustrious managerial career, but it would be incorrect to simply ignore some of the big buys he has overseen .
That being saidnor is he opposed to the strange clanger.
Gedson Fernandes was recently recalled from Tottenham by his parent club Benfica, after the Portugal international endured what can only be described as a nightmare in north London.
So where does Fernandes fit on the list of “The Special One” worst signings? Prepare to cringe and wet eyes as we take a look at her worst buys.
Steve Sidwell was never going to disturb the top spots on our list of Mourinho’s worst signing, given he arrived at Stamford Bridge on a free transfer… but he was quite out of place.
The former reading man has finished 90 minutes of league football just twice at Chelsea, not even making the day’s squad for the last 13 rounds of Premier League matches.
Here we go. Now we are slowly moving up the valuation ladder.
Asier del Horno arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2005 for around £ 8million. The idea was that Athletic Club’s left-back would be a step up from Wayne Bridge and that Chelsea could look to challenge on the European front as well as domestically.
The only small problem was that it was absolutely unnecessary. In all fairness, it’s a travesty that he left the club with a Premier League winner’s medal.
Chelsea’s number nine shirt has become something of a poisonous chalice since Roman Abramovich arrived – an issue we’ll get to shortly.
But when you think of Chelsea’s failed number nine, Khalid Boulahrouz isn’t the first name that comes to mind. Of course, he didn’t play in the number nine position – but he was given the jersey number for some strange reason.
The £ 8.5million defender spent two years at Stamford Bridge and managed just 13 league appearances before being dispatched to Stuttgart.
Did Mourinho actually do good Chelsea signing?
Next on our list of garbage signatures is Filipe Luis. The Brazilian is weird in the sense that he is not Actually a bad player – he was just waste for Chelsea. Although, to be fair, that is probably true of just about every player on this list (except Khalid Boulahrouz).
Luis failed to make an impact in West London and was quickly sold to Atletico Madrid after only a year in England.
The failed leader had previously failed to produce the goods on a one-year loan with Manchester United, but if anyone could bring him back to his best, surely it would be Mourinho, right?
It worked well.
A lone goal in 12 appearances in all competitions, but what was perhaps even more depressing was the fact that he just didn’t seem to mind.
Not exactly an expensive purchase but absolutely unnecessary to say the least.
FINALLY, A NON-CHELSEA SIGNATURE.
Oddly, Ricardo Quaresma actually spent a year on loan with the Blues during Mourinho’s tenure at Inter, after the Portuguese tactician realized his compatriot was absolutely useless.
Gone were the player who easily tore through defenses in Porto, and in his place stood a completely devoid of ideas midfielder who really didn’t seem to have the guts for the fight.
Inter were quickly shot down by the winger as they signed for Besiktas in 2010 after scoring just one goal for the Serie A club.
Anyone who follows English football even from a distance should be able to name the majority of the 2004/05 Chelsea squad.
The Blues clinched their first Premier League title in Mourinho’s first year at the club, but there is one man you could be forgiven for forgetting.
Jiri Jarosik arrived at Stamford Bridge in the middle of Mourinho’s first year with Chelsea, and to say the least, he was crap.
Still, he managed to snag a Premier League winner’s medal before moving to Birmingham just eight months after arriving. Not a bad little stopover in the capital.
Nuri Sahin was signed by Mourinho for Real Madrid in 2011, with the German arriving for an estimated figure of around £ 9million.
In three years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Sahin has made four La Liga appearances. Four. In three years. It is quite impressive.
The midfielder spent most of his time with Real dispatched on loan before eventually securing a permanent transfer to Borussia Dortmund.
Alright, it turns out Chelsea Actually made a profit on Papy Djilobodji, but we don’t let Sunderland’s ineptitude let Mourinho off the hook for this shocking deal.
The Senegal international made an appearance for Chelsea during his year with
the club – a 59-second cameo against Walsall in the Carabao Cup in which he touched the ball twice.
For comedy reasons only, he is in the top 7.
Ahhh the forgotten men of Chelsea.
You could name a full squad of 25 players that Chelsea spent a lot of money on and then left floating aimlessly from a loan transfer to a loan transfer.
Baba Rahman may still be good at Stamford Bridge, but let’s be honest, it’s highly unlikely.
The Ghana international is making his way onto our roster after being signed for £ 14million by Mourinho in 2015, with five loan spells since making just 15 league appearances for the Blues.
When Real Madrid signed Fabio Coentrao from Benfica in 2011, he was seen as one of the next big things in European football – it’s fair to say they didn’t. enough get good value for money with the 30 million euro move.
The Portuguese left-back would only make 58 La Liga appearances during his seven years at Madrid, having been on loan several times before finally joining former club Rio Ave in 2018.
When you think of Chelsea’s failed number nine, there aren’t many names that come to mind before Mateja Kezman.
After appearing absolutely unstoppable in Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, Kezman was unable to adapt to English football and left the club after just one year after scoring seven games in 41 games.
It is not the worst strike record and not a particularly expensive deal – but a bad signing nonetheless.
Gedson Fernandes: The latest addition to Mourinho’s transfer errors list.
With a whole slew of clubs apparently vying for his signing ahead of his arrival from Spurs and a fee of around £ 45million agreed for the Portugal international, it’s hard to see why Mourinho just didn’t like him.
But, I think he didn’t, and Fernandes is returning to Benfica after making just 12 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez couldn’t have been more contrasting players.
It would be unfair to blame Mourinho for the Chilean international’s demise given he was utterly desperate at every other club he has represented since, but his move to Manchester United certainly seemed to trigger his crisis.
We’ll probably never know what caused his sudden drop in form, but he undoubtedly falls into the category of one of Mourinho’s worst signing.
Okay, okay, we know – he was more of an Abramovich signing than a Mourinho signing, but as a top manager you have to be able to make the most of what you have. given.
The prolific Ukrainian arrived at Stamford Bridge for a whopping £ 30.8million (we promise it was a lot of money in 2006), but for some reason his Chelsea career didn’t have it all. just never took off.
Of all the scorching numbers of the nine club, Shevchenko ranks among the worst and he is arguably the worst signing of Jose Mourinho’s career.