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Chelsea’s Worst Signings – Abramovich Era (Part 2)

Part 1 was… eventful shall we say!

My own dad soon dropped me a text once he saw the inclusion of Andriy Shevchenko!

So. Here it is. Part 2. After the amount of uproar the first part caused, I’ve been buzzing to write this!

This part will be more controversial. Let’s get into the second part of some awful signings Chelsea have made.

Romelu Lukaku

Credit: The Mirror

Instantly controversial. Romelu Lukaku signed for Chelsea from Belgian side Anderlecht for £13m. Lukaku was a strong, young striker and looked a perfect fit for Chelsea. However he was never really called upon. Lukaku managed to play 15 games for The Blues and never found the back of the net.

West Brom came calling and Lukaku went to The Hawthorns on loan, playing well and earning himself a few starts for Chelsea in pre season on his return to London. However he again failed to score and make any sort of impact, missing a crucial penalty in the 2013 Super Cup against Bayern Munich.

These performances made up the minds of the powers that be at Stamford Bridge, and he was then loaned to Everton.

Once at Everton, Lukaku proved to be a serious force, and singlehandedly rocketed them up the league that season. These performances thrilled The Toffees and Lukaku moved to Goodison Park for a fee in the region of £28m. His Chelsea nightmare was over.

Lucas Piazon

Up until recent weeks, Piazon was the longest serving player at Chelsea. This however, doesn’t show the bigger picture for the Brazilian.

In his 9 years at Stamford Bridge, Piazon only played 3 games for Chelsea. 3 games in 9 years. Let that sink in.

During these 9 very long years, Piazon was loaned out SEVEN times, to seven different sides.

He finally left London permanently to join Portuguese side Braga on a 4 year deal. Let’s hope he plays more games for his new side, than he managed for his old.

Marko Marin

The list of woeful signings rolls on. Marko Marin joined Chelsea from German side Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee of £7m, which seemed like a massive bargain at the time.

Nicknamed ‘The German Messi’, Chelsea fans had heard big things about Marin, and were excited to see him play in blue and white.

They soon got their wish. A grand total of 16 times.

Marin was at Chelsea for 4 years, but a lot like most of the players on this list, was loaned out for 3 of his 4 years at The Bridge. He finally left Chelsea after a difficult 4 years for the German, and moved to Greek side Olympiakos. He is currently playing for Al-Ahli in the Saudi League.

Marco Van Ginkel

Credit: Football London

Another paragraph, another flop. Marco Van Ginkel joined Chelsea as a wonderkid back in 2013, from sister club Vitesse. MVG impressed in his homeland and earned rave reviews from many pundits in the Netherlands

However another player who never really got a chance / wasn’t good enough. Plagued with injuries and shipped out on loan, Van Ginkel is still in fact on Chelsea’s books. He’s currently on loan for the third time, to PSV. MVG is trying to get his career back on track, but is again struggling with an injury.

Juan Cuadrado

Some of the players on this list are now giving me nightmares. The amount of money we have spent on this list is worrying.

Cuadrado joined Chelsea from Italian side Fiorentina for a giant sum of around £30m. This means that each game he played, he cost £2m.

After his mere 15 games for the club, Cuadrado went to Juventus, which surprised us all. However his run of poor form seemed to leave as soon as he jumped on the private jet back to Italy.

Cuadrado was a regular in the Juventus side that won the league back to back, in 2015/6 and 2016/7. This earned him a permanent move to ‘The Old Lady’, and he left London for a fee in the region of £16m.

Filipe Luis

Credit: Bleacher Report

Another wing back. Another flop.

Filipe Luis was a vital part of the dominant Atletico Madrid defence that won La Liga and went so far in the Champions League. This however soon changed once Luis touched down in London.

Playing a total of 26 matches, he failed to impress and adapt to the difficult Premier League, and after a season at Stamford Bridge, made a quick u-turn back to Madrid, and Atletico.

Like many players on this list though, Luis benefitted from a strong Chelsea side, winning a Premier League winners medal. He is currently back in his native Brazil playing for Flamengo.

Abdul Baba Rahman

What’s that? Another flop wing back? Chelsea? Surely not?

Baba Rahman. Joined from Augsburg, £23m.

£23m. 23 games. After just one season, Rahman soon joined the list of Chelsea loanees, and has been loaned out in the 5 years ever since.

Will he ever play for Chelsea again? No.

Part 3?

Yes. There will be a part 3. I think part 3 will be the worst yet personally after seeing the amount of players to still go through. Some serious flops (yes there’s more) to come!

Stay tuned, and as always, let us know your thoughts!

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