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Falcao needs to go, Pedro requires patience - rating Chelsea's summer signings

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It would not exactly be an understatement to say Chelsea’s start to the Premier League season has been nothing short of a catastrophe.

Last year’s champions are already 14 points adrift of league leaders Leicester City and manager Jose Mourinho has raised the white flag with regards to his side’s chances of retaining their crown.

Though a number of factors have dampened the mood around Stamford Bridge, the failure of his summer signings is one of the main reasons for their current plight.

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But have they all flopped since their arrival? Here's our verdict on players the club should persevere with and which they should opt to offload when the transfer window reopens in January.

Asmir Begovic

Signed to be Thibaut Courtois’ understudy, Asmir Begovic has been thrust into the starting XI ever since the Belgian’s injury in September.

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And the former Stoke City goalkeeper has impressed since his debut against Swansea on the opening day of the season to fill the void left by Petr Cech’s emotional departure to Arsenal.

With Courtois due to return from injury, though, he could be forced to play second fiddle once again despite doing enough to convince Mourinho he was right to bring him to the capital.

VERDICT: 8/10. KEEP

Radamel Falcao

After scoring just four goals for Manchester United last season, Chelsea moved to snap up Radamel Falcao instilled with the hope they could get him firing on all cylinders once again.

However, the Columbian international looks every bit as uninspiring as he did at Old Trafford and has scored just once for his new club - against Crystal Palace back in August.

Despite Mourinho’s desire to see him remain at Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese must accept that his gamble is one unlikely to ever pay off.

VERDICT: 3/10. TERMINATE LOAN

Pedro

Many regarded it as a significant coup when Chelsea managed to beat United to the signing of Pedro in the summer.

Yet three months on and those mocking Van Gaal have fallen silent, with the former Barcelona winger scoring just twice for the Blues and registering one assist along the way.

However, the 28-year-old was class during his time at the Nou Camp and is worth sticking with for the time being.

VERDICT: 6/10. KEEP

Baba Rahman

At a cost of £17.7 million, Baba Rahman was expected to continue his rise to prominence after shining for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg last season.

However, the 21-year-old has struggled to cope with the demands of English football and even admitted to confiding in fellow Ghanian Michael Essien, who helped the Blues to the league title in 2006 and 2010.

The youngster has time on his side but must improve if he wishes to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.

VERDICT: 5/10. KEEP

Papy Djilobodji

Papy Djilobodji arrived from Nantes in the summer after Chelsea were thwarted in their attempts to sign John Stones from Everton.

And how the Blues must wish they had snapped up the Merseysider's star defender, with Djilobodji already one of the biggest flops of Mourinho’s reign.

A January exit appears imminent and, after featuring for the champions on just one occasion, very few will feel sad about it.

VERDICT: 2/10. SELL SELL SELL

Kenedy

Kenedy was on tour with Chelsea during the summer and impressed so much that Mourinho then opted to sign him from Fluminese.

Since then he has shone for the Blues and was used at left-back during the club’s 1-0 victory over Norwich City at the weekend.

Though it is early, it seems like he could be part of the starting XI for many years to come.

VERDICT: 7/10. KEEP

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