Roman Abramovich has signed some fantastic players for Chelsea since 2003. Our list of the best transfers of his reign is coming next. For now, here is the countdown of the ten worst transfers of the Abramovich era.
5. Papy Djilobodji –
Signed from Nantes on deadline day of the 2015-16 season. Chelsea needed signings on the final day of the transfer window as what turned out to be a disastrous season began to turn sour.
He made zero competitive appearances and was sold to Sunderland. He was sacked by the Black Cats after failing to show up for training.
4. Mateja Kezman –
It is not that he was absolutely terrible. It is more that the Serb arrived at Chelsea in 2004 with a big reputation before flopping. Kezman scored 101 goals in 122 appearances for PSV so much was expected from him.
He never came close to meeting these expectations. After scoring just 4 goals in 21 appearances during the 2004/05 season, Kezman left the club.
3. Tiemoue Bakayoko –
Bakayoko may return from Milan and prove me wrong. This does not look likely though. Chelsea signed the Frenchman for a whopping £40 million at the start of last season. He arrived as a star name fresh from winning a place in the Champions League team of the year.
However, he turned in inept performance after inept performance. He could barely control a ball, let alone pass it. The display at Watford for half an hour before a sending off was one of the worst in recent memory from a Chelsea player.
2. Andriy Shevchenko –
Players have played worse for Chelsea than Shevchenko but in terms of value for money, his transfer was a big failure. The Ukrainian was one of the best players in the world at AC Milan. Chelsea signed him after he had passed his prime and injuries had taken their toll.
Shevchenko was a shadow of the player he was. He chipped in with the occasional useful goal but he was mostly a big disappointment.
Fernando Torres –
The worst of the transfers by a distance. Like Shevchenko, he had some valuable moments of class. Most of the time though, he was utterly dreadful. He had lost his pace, his touch and finishing was poor. Worst of all, he would be so easy to play against as he would hide away from threatening positions of involvement.
Better players at the time such as Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku were sacrificed as Chelsea stubbornly persisted with Torres. The £50 million gamble failed spectacularly