Few envisaged Juan Cuadrado breezing into the Chelsea first-team upon his arrival from Udinese, but fewer still would’ve anticipated what an insignificant figure the Colombian would cut at Stamford Bridge.
Indeed, the £27m man started more matches in this year’s Copa America than he has done in his entire Blues career and it has since been reported that if the west Londoners find a buyer willing to reimburse the aforementioned transfer fee, he will be invited to take the high road.
While Cuadrado contemplates seven months wasted with the Premier League champions, the news.bwin.com are evaluating where he ranks alongside Chelsea’s most pointless signings of the previous decade.
Rated as one of Europe’s brightest defensive prospects, Christensen has this summer been loaned to Borussia Monchengladbach for the next couple of seasons.
Meanwhile the Blues load up the cash cannon with tens of millions in the hope of signing another young centre-back John Stones, just two years his senior.
Bought as part of a nefarious scheme to deny Tottenham of wingers, Salah made 19 all comps appearances for Chelsea before being loaned out to Fiorentina. His performances in Serie A, however, are likely to ensure a profit is made on the Egyptian.
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Prior to his reincarnation as a holding-midfielder, the Serb was signed as an advanced playmaker.
With Deco, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Ballack vying for the attacking-midfield roles at the time of his arrival, this wasn’t the best thought out acquisition.
Paying almost £16m for a reserve left-back can never be considered a bulletproof business plan and Chelsea look like learning this lesson the hard way with former club Atletico in talks to re-sign the Brazilian just a year after selling him.
The German conjurer featured in just six Premier League matches after being signed for £8m before gradually descending the ladder of Europe’s most reputable leagues.
Sevilla borrowed him for a bit, then Fiorentina, before he wound up at Anderlecht.
While the competition is evidently stiff, the ultimate in utterly pointless buys has to be Mineiro, who made just one substitute appearance in Chelsea colours before being shipped off to the Bundesliga.
The lesser-spotted Brazilian edges out Cuadrado on account of his position on the extreme periphery of the Blues squad, which agreed to join under the premise of being third-choice holding-midfielder.