Chelsea will be looking to strengthen when the January transfer window reopens but have endured mixed fortunes when recruiting in the New Year.
The Blues’ 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Monday saw them slump further behind in the race for the Champions League positions, with victories for Tottenham and Liverpool compounding their misery.
Here are the three worst January signings the champions have signed since the winter window was introduced in 2003, with some big names amongst the list.
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Jose Mourinho moved to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina earlier this year, filled with the belief that the Columbian could fill the void left by Andre Schurrle’s departure to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
However, the Columbian failed to replicate the form that saw him shine in Serie A, making 14 appearances and struggling to dislodge Eden Hazard and Willian from the starting XI.
The 27-year-old helped them win the Premier League title, but returned to Italy and was loaned to Juventus this summer with Pedro arriving from Barcelona as his replacement.
Pedro has fared just as badly during his time in English football so far, and Cuadrado’s success in his favourite league suggests he does not have a future at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s persistent pursuit of Fernando Torres finally paid off in 2011, with Carlo Ancelotti landing the Spaniard from Liverpool for a British transfer record of £50million.
Despite injuries beginning to take their toll, the World Cup winner swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge with owner Roman Abramovich confident the striker could finally win them the Champions League.
It took him 14 games to score his first goal for the club – coming in a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, but Torres remained eclipsed by Blues legend Didier Drogba.
Torres won Europe’s top-tier competition under Roberto Di Matteo, finding the net in a 2-2 draw with Barcelona that saw them through to the final against Bayern Munich, but left for AC Milan with Jose Mourinho replacing him with Didier Costa.
Though he enjoyed his best years in the top flight with Charlton, Newcastle, West Ham, Fulham and Tottenham, Scott Parker struggled with the big leap up to Claudio Ranieri’s side in 2004.
The midfielder was signed by Ranieri to add steel and bite to the midfield, but could not find a way past the likes of Claudio Makelele, Emmanuel Petit and Juan Sebastian Veron.
Parker moved to Newcastle where he managed to rebuild his career and captained England under Stuart Pearce for a friendly against the Netherlands in 2012.
However, his time with Chelsea was the worst of his career and makes him one of the Blues’ worst ever January signings.
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