Chelsea are often credited with producing and enhancing world superstars.
Players such as Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole all developed into truly world-class players at Stamford Bridge. However, Chelsea has been suspect to certain signings which have caused damage to promising careers.
Here are 10 examples:
Scott Parker | 28 apps, 1 goal
Despite winning both the Premier League and League Cup during his brief spell at the Bridge, Scott Parker certainly under-performed during his Chelsea days.
A gifted youngster at Charlton, he was awarded with the PFA Young Player of the Year award during the 2003/04 season, before his controversial move to Chelsea certainly stunted his growth and cost his chances of a regular spot in the England team.
Steve Sidwell | 24 apps, 1 goal
Similarly to Scott Parker, Sidwell was a promising English talent who had been an instrumental figure in Reading’s Premier League promotion.
Signed by Jose Mourinho in 2007, big things were expected from the midfielder; however, he failed to live up to prospect and was sold the next season to Aston Villa.
Demba Ba | 22 apps, 6 goals
Brought in by Rafael Benitez, during the January transfer window, in order to add much needed firepower at the Blues' frontline. Ba has been abysmal in comparison to his red-hot Newcastle form and has only managed to hit the net six times in 22 outings. Half a season may be all Ba lasts at Chelsea, with his name circulating transfer rumours.
Adrian Mutu | 38 apps, 10 goals
Costing £15m, Chelsea fans were anticipating great things from the young Romanian during the 2003/04 season. He started brightly with four goals in his first three appearances but his form stagnated amidst cocaine controversy and a breach of contract saga overshadowing his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Mateja Kezman | 41 apps, 7 goals
105 goals in 122 PSV Eindhoven appearances spurred Chelsea to splash £5.9m on the Serbian international. He was given the Chelsea No. 9 shirt and was expected to spearhead Chelsea’s attack.
He, however, failed to live up to his billing and managed a mere seven goals in 41 games with the Blues and was subsequently sold to Atletico Madrid after managing just a single season with Chelsea.
Marko Marin | 15 apps, 1 goal
Arguably too early to judge his success at Chelsea, but the ‘German Messi’ has failed to make an impact this season.
Falling behind Mata, Oscar and Hazard in the pecking order, many feel that Marin’s time at Chelsea will come to an end. The new arrival of Andre Shurrle and the return of loaned starlet Kevin De Bruyne may be the nail in the Chelsea career coffin of Marko Marin.
Ricardo Quaresma | 4 apps, 0 goals
Having been on the books at Barcelona, Porto and Inter Milan, Portuguese star Ricardo Quaresma was warmly welcomed as he signed a season-loan for the 2008/09 Premier League season. However, his contribution was limited and he barely forced a start into the Chelsea team. He returned to parent-club Inter and was transferred to Turkish club Besitkas in 2010.
Hernan Crespo | 75 apps, 23 goals
The Argentine finisher was signed for £16.8m in 2003 and much was expected from the once most expensive player in football history.
Since his record-breaking £35m move, Crespo became one of the most coveted and sought-after players in world football.
His Chelsea career was a failure and he was deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho in 2004. He managed 23 goals in 75 games and will certainly not be remembered in Chelsea fan folklaw.
Andriy Shevchenko | 77 apps, 22 goals
A world-renowned striker, having been a huge success in Europe with AC Milan, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2004.
Chelsea signed the player for £30.8m in 2005 and much was expected of the Ukrainian star. However, he will be remembered for his uninspiring performances and little impact in the Premier League.
His legendary status fortunately remains intact despite his unrivalled (perhaps Fernando Torres) failure at the Bridge.
Fernando Torres | 131 apps, 34 goals
Possibly tied with Shevchenko for the most notable Chelsea flop, Fernando Torres set Chelsea back a large £50m and continues to baffle fans with his outrageous loss of form.
A winner of the World Cup, European Championships and the Champions League, he has played a role in Chelsea’s success; however, he’ll be remembered less for his strike at the Nou Camp and more for his infamous open-goal miss against Manchester United.
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