Jose Mourinho is considered by many as one of the best managers of his era. Despite the aura of The Chosen One that started losing its gleam, over his stint as the manager of several top European giants Jose bought many players and turned them into world-class footballers. But in recent years, most of his signings failed. Down are the worst signings by the special one.
5. Radamel Falcao
— Chad (@ChelseaChadder) August 2, 2018
After a failed spell at Manchester United, Mourinho convinced Falcao to join Chelsea in the summer of 2015 on a loan deal. Mourinho talked to the media expressing his trust in the player’s ability.
“If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it. It hurts me people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at United.” His words were oozing confidence and the footballing world, convinced of Mourinho’s ability to bring the best out a player, believed that Falcao would develop under Jose.
Consistent injuries and lack of form restricted Falcao’s appearances to just 12 and scored only a single goal for Chelsea in all competitions.
4. Nuri Sahin
— RealMadrid (@RealMadridSTUFF) October 3, 2011
2010/2011 was one the whirlwind seasons in the history of German Bundesliga. Under the management of Jurgen Klopp came forth a group of relatively lesser known footballers who won the league, putting an end to the Bayern dynasty. Nuri Sahin was their midfield maestro, the orchestrator.
A year after Mourinho took charge of Real, he brought Sahin in for a mere £9.00m fee. Sahin was expected to break into the first team and add steel and vigour to the Los Blancos midfield.
However, he could barely make it into the first team. He made only ten appearances, scored a goal, and bagged an assist during his one year spell for Real. At the end of the season, he was loaned out to Liverpool. Sahin currently plays for the German outfit Werder Bremen.
3. Ricardo Quaresma
Champions League winner Ricardo Quaresma of Inter, 2009/2010. pic.twitter.com/RVJk8eYcd9
— A Football Archive* (@FootballArchive) March 13, 2015
On his day, Quaresma can hypnotise defenders with technique and trickery just like Cristiano. He emulated his International teammate so spectacularly at times which compelled the then Inter Milan manager Mourinho to approach Porto with big money for his signature. Expectations were high when he signed for Inter in 2008 for a fee of £22.14m.
Quaresma was only a ghost of his past for Inter. He was wasteful, sloppy at times and failed to deliver when it mattered. Mourinho criticised him for the lack of discipline. He made 32 appearances for Inter and was sold to Besiktas in 2011.