Grading the 13 players Chelsea have signed from Serie A since 2000

Chelsea had been looking for a striker for much of this January.

It’s a position that the Blues desperately needed to strengthen given the failings of both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

And Maurizio Sarri has acted by completing the signing of Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentine striker has signed for Chelsea on a loan deal, which sees him reunited with the Italian manager.

He has also become the 13th player that the west London club have signed from the Serie A since 2000.

But, how did the other 12 players do during their time at the club?

George Weah – C-

The former Ballon d’Or winner was signed by Chelsea at the age of 33, meaning he was well past his best when he moved to England.

He scored just five goals in the 15 games he played for the club. Chelsea declined to make his loan deal a permanent one at the end of the season.

Christian Panucci – D

The right-back only played 10 times for Chelsea after signing on loan from Inter, scoring once.

Mario Stanic – C

Signed from Parma for £5.6 million in June 2000, Mario Stanic’s time in England would be marred by injury problems.

He made 69 appearances for the club in four seasons, before retiring with a serious knee injury at the age of just 32.

Hernan Crespo – C-

Crespo was one of the most lethal strikers in world football when he signed from AC Milan in 2003, but he didn’t have the greatest of times in England.

The Argentine played 73 times across the two seasons for Chelsea, scoring 25 times.

Chelsea would have expected more from a player they signed for £16.8 million; a lot of money back in 2003.

Adrian Mutu – D

Adrian Mutu arrived at Chelsea after a good season with Parma, but he struggled in England.

He scored 10 times in 36 games in his opening season in England.

His contract was terminated the following season after he was banned for seven months following a positive drugs test.

Andriy Shevchenko – D+

Like Crespo, Andriy Shevchenko was one of the best strikers in the world when he signed for Chelsea from AC Milan in a £30.8 million deal.

But, again, like Crespo, he failed to live up to expectations.

He played 77 times for the club, scoring 23 times, before leaving in 2009.

Ricardo Quaresma – E

The Portuguese winger signed on loan from Inter Milan in 2009 but made just five appearances for the London outfit.

Juan Cuadrado – E

Juan Cuadrado is perhaps the biggest flop on this list.

Signed for £23.3 million in 2014, he played just 15 times for the club and failed to hit the back of the net.

He has since become a success at Juventus.

Marcos Alonso – A-

Perhaps the most successful player Chelsea have signed from Italy since 2000.

Marcos Alonso was signed for £24 million in 2016 and he has been a regular ever since.

Although his defensive ability has often come into question, he is the best attacking left-back in the Premier League, having scored 15 times in 107 games for the club.

Emerson Palmieri – D+

Emerson is given a D at the moment, but he still has time to turn his Chelsea career around.

Signed as backup for Alonso, the Brazilian left-back has made just 18 appearances for the club since signing in January 2018.

Davide Zappacosta – C

Davide Zappacosta is another who has been forced to play second fiddle since signing for the club.

He has been slightly more successful than Emerson, though, having made 45 appearances so far for the club since signing in 2017.

Antonio Rüdiger – B+

Antonio Rudiger has been a very good signing for Chelsea.

The German defender has made 72 appearances for the club since 2017 and has established himself as a key member in the middle of the back four.

At 25 years old, he looks to be a key player for Chelsea for many years to come.

Jorginho – D+

Jorginho has been criticised in recent times but, he is still an integral figure in Sarri’s system at Chelsea.

He will need to do more if he wants to keep his place in the team, though.

Gonzalo Higuain – No mark

There is a lot of expectation on Higuain. It is hoped he can provide the goals needed to fire Chelsea to a place in the top four.

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