5 Players Whose Careers Went Backward At Chelsea

5 Players Whose Careers Went Backward At Chelsea

Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League so far. It is the club that host great players from all over the world.

They have won the Premier League title 4 times in the past decade and boast of numerous domestic trophies, especially dominant in the FA Cup.

However, since the arrival of Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho The Blues signed several great players who helped the club in different ways.

But all this success has come at a cost. Many have made the move to the London side with the hope of winning trophies and making a name, but instead found their careers stagnate and come to a standstill.

Now let’s take a look at 5 players who made the move to Stamford Bridge, but failed to make any significant impact and effectively ruined developing careers, either a bit before Jose Mourinho or after.

5. Mateja Kezman

Former Serbian striker Mateja Kezman joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from PSV Eindhoven under Jose Mourinho reign.

Kežman spent the 2004–05 season at Stamford Bridge and scored seven goals in 40 appearances in all competitions, under No.9 blue shirt.

Kežman left Chelsea for Atlético Madrid on 29 June 2005 for £5.3 million, the same price as he had joined Chelsea. He soon suffered a knee injury, which he did not recover from until after New Year’s in 2006.

Since then, his career became stagnant despite having played for several clubs.

4. Hernan Crespo

Hernan Crespo is one of the few players in world football who can boast of the title of having been the “most expensive player” at one point in time.

A very impressive start to a career in Italy saw him score 80 goals in 151 appearances for Parma and notch a trophy in the form of the Italian Super Cup. This saw Lazio pay a then massive £35m for the striker who went on to pull similar numbers for them, scoring 58 goals in just 73 appearances.

The former Argentina international joined Inter Milan in 2002 before signing for Chelsea and stayed there for five seasons, scoring 25 goals in all competitions.

The forward went back to Inter Milan, but since then his career went downhill.

3. Shaun Wright-Phillips

Shaun Wright-Phillips moved to Chelsea in a £21m deal from Manchester City as part of the Russian revolution under Roman Abramovich.

He broke into the Manchester City side as an 18-year-old and went on to establish himself as a first-team regular under Kevin Keegan.

The former England forward was an outstanding player when he left the Citizens, but in all four seasons at Chelsea, he only managed 10 goals in 125 games.

The current New York Red Bulls II winger opted to rejoin his boyhood club Manchester City but he never performed as he was before joining the Blues.

2. Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko was a club legend at AC Milan and was adored by fans and respected by colleagues, he was simply incredible.

He’s the third highest goal scorer in UEFA Champions League history, the third top goal scorer in all European competitions and he also won the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2004, beating Deco and Ronaldinho.

His reputation as a deadly striker and apparent close friendship with Roman Abramovich saw Chelsea fork out a hefty £30.8m to bring him to Stamford Bridge, in the process breaking the record for transfer fees paid for a forward.

The Ukrainian forward was a magnificent striker but the fact that he was Abramovich signing boss Jose Mourinho didn’t take him into consideration and considered him as draft.

He spent most of his time at Chelsea on the bench for almost three seasons and that consequentially affected his career.

He later decided to go back to his hometown side Dynamo Kyiv where he started his career and retired his from there after three seasons.

1. Fernando Torres

Torres is known by everyone all over the world when he was at Atletico Madrid and Liverpool between 2001 and 2011, when he left Merseysiders for Chelsea.

Despite having won an FA Cup, a Champions League and a Europa League with Chelsea, his career was down comparing to his time at Liverpool.

The Spaniard completed his move to Chelsea on a five-and-a-half-year contract on 31 January 2011 for a fee reported to be £50m, which set a new record for a British transfer and made him the sixth most expensive footballer in history.

During his spell of five seasons at Stamford Bridge, Torres bagged 45 goals in 172 games; before being sent out on loan to AC Milan.

His form went totally down and after a pretty poor first half of the season, which saw him score only one goal at San Siro Stadium; the Spain international went out to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid.


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