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The 'Mexican Sensation' Chelsea signed in 2011 - where is he now?

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Chelsea fans don't exactly look back on the reign of Andre Villas-Boas with too much fondness.

Dubbed as the 'new Jose Mourinho,' the Portuguese's tenure at Stamford Bridge capitulated within just seven months at the club. He managed to alienate the club's most senior players and almost derailed an eventually successful Champions League campaign.

Nevertheless, there was one area in which Villas-Boas seemed to succeed and that was transfers.

The now 40-year-old bought the likes of Juan Mata, Gary Cahill and Thibaut Courtois as well as players like Romelu Lukaku and Oriol Romeu who would go onto thrive elsewhere.

One slight miscue, however, came in the purchase of 'Mexican sensation' Ulises Dávila.

Chelsea purchase 'Mexican sensation' in 2011

Dávila had climbed the ranks at Guadalajara - the same youth system that produced Javier Hernandez who had moved to Manchester United the season prior.

Whether or not Chelsea's decision to buy his old teammate was influenced by Chicharito's success in the Premier League is unknown but there's every reason to suggest it served as reassurance.

Chelsea's technical director at the time - Michael Emenalo - stated at the time:  "Ulises has been a highly scouted player by a lot of clubs.


Chelsea career crashes and burns - no success in Europe

"And we are confident Ulises will be able to continue his fast development to become an important Chelsea first-team player."

Seven years on, though, and the transfer looks misguided to say the very least. 

In the end, the youngster would go onto spend four years at Stamford Bridge but failed to make a single appearance in the first-team despite being tipped for many.

As is customary for young Chelsea players, Dávila spent his first season out on loan at Vitesse Arnhem where he collected just three appearances and failed to impress.

Ulises Davila (L) of Mexico's Chivas vie

Woeful return to Mexico in 2015

Follow that up with a successful year in the Spanish third division with CE Sabadell FC, the Mexican moved up the ranks in Iberia with Cordoba and Tenerife.

Nevertheless, his major 'breakthrough' in the Primeira Liga with Vitoria bore no luck across two seasons and eventually encouraged Chelsea to cut a loss and sell up.

Since then, Dávila has resided in his native Mexico with Santos Laguna.

It hasn't been all plain sailing back home, however. The 26-year-old has failed to attract interest from the Mexican national team, currently finds himself in a relegation battle and has struggled for appearances this season.


Whatever version of Dávila that Emenalo saw in scouting, certainly isn't the product you can observe now.

Lightning, it seems, doesn't strike twice when it comes to Premier League clubs hitting the jackpot at Guadalajara.

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