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Andriy Shevchenko tops list of Jose Mourinho's worst Chelsea signings

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Jose Mourinho has signed many players throughout two spells in charge of Chelsea. Some have shown why they deserve a place in Mourinho's side, and some do not perform when they put on the Chelsea shirt. Here, I look at the players who have failed in their stints at Chelsea.

5. Shaun Wright-Phillips

After completing a move from Manchester City, much was expected of the English winger. His appearances were initially limited, as he started only f15 times for Chelsea during the 2005/06 season and struggled to find scoring form.

This poor form resulted in Wright-Phillips missing out on the 2006 World Cup. He scored his first Chelsea goal against Bulgarian side Levski Sofia in the Champions League, 17 months after joining the club.

Having made 65 starting appearances for the club with a further 60 as a substitute, Wright-Phillips didn't maintain any form at Stamford Bridge. This resulted in a transfer back to Manchester City. Currently, he plays for recently-promoted Queens Park Rangers.

4. Tal Ben Haim

After many successful years at Bolton Wanderers, the Israeli international centre-back signed for Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer of 2007. He cemented himself as a strong contender for a starting place in the Chelsea line-up due to injuries to John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho.

However, any chance of a regular starting place were hampered when Avram Grant took over from the departing Mourinho. This made Ben Haim the fourth-choice centre-back.

He did not seem to get on with Grant and Ben Haim left Chelsea to join Manchester City with only 13 appearances in the league all season for the London-based club. Ben Haim currently resides in Belgium, playing for Standard Liege.

3. Steve Sidwell

Upon the expiry of his contract at Reading, Sidwell was courted by many teams across the Premier League. He eventually signed by Mourinho and Chelsea and given the number nine shirt - rather unconventional for a deep-lying midfielder.

His short stay at Chelsea wasn't too special, with Sidwell only making 15 league appearances across the 2007/08 season. He scored his first - and only - Chelsea goal in a League Cup fixture against Hull, in which Chelsea went on to win 4-0.

After a stale season by Chelsea's standards, he was sold to Aston Villa for a fee of around £5 million. Since his season at Chelsea, he has gone on to play for Aston Villa and Chelsea's West London rivals Fulham. However, he was recently released by the Cottagers.

2. Mateja Kezman

After many goal-fuelled seasons at PSV Eindhoven, Mourinho believed Kezman was the man to spearhead Chelsea's attack for the 2004/05 season.

After fan favourite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink left the club, Kezman took on the number nine shirt. However, after coring only seven times across the whole campaign, Kezman isn't rated too highly by many Chelsea supporters.

However, some fondly remember the Serbian striker for his winning goal in the 2005 League Cup final win over Liverpool. After only one season at Chelsea, Kezman was sold for the exact same fee that Chelsea bought him for to Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

Despite his poor season at Stamford Bridge, Kezman has said he doesn't regret signing for Chelsea and remembers his time at Chelsea as his best in football.

1. Andriy Shevchenko

At the time, Ukrainian striker Shevchenko was one of Europe's top strikers and was in prolific form for AC Milan.

Due to this, Mourinho opened his chequebook and signed the striker for a fee of around £30.8million, breaking Chelsea's transfer record at the time. He was given his favoured number seven shirt and scored on his debut in the Community Shield defeat to Liverpool.

He could not continue his form that made him a fan favourite at the San Siro, however. He scored goals rather sporadically for Chelsea, struggling to maintain any form. His second season at Chelsea was cut short due to a Hernia operation.

The following season, he scored in a 1-1 draw with Norwegian side Rosenberg, which ultimately was Mourinho's last game in his first stint as Chelsea manager. After the appointment of Grant, Shevchenko went onto enjoy a decent run of form, scoring a few goals in the process.

During the 2008/09 season, he was loaned to former club AC Milan, however he didn't make the desired impact. After making a late appearance for Chelsea in their second game of the 2009–10 season, Shevchenko left the club to join boyhood side Dynamo Kyiv. However in 2012, he quit football in order to take up politics.

So there it is. The five worst players that Mourinho brought to Chelsea. What do you think? Am I missing any players out? Should Khalid Boulahrouz be there? - He was very, very close to being included.

Are there any decisions that do you disagree with? Comment below.

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