The 10 worst signings Jose Mourinho has made in his glittering career! You can watch the footage of these signings at the end of the article and remember to SHARE this article with your mates on Facebook after you watch it. Thanks for your support and hope you enjoy it.
10. Nuri Sahin
After impressive performances with Borussia Dortmund where he won a Bundesliga title, Nuri Sahin was signed by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2011. During an interview, Sahin admitted that althought Madrid are a prestigious club, he only joined because he wanted to work with Mourinho.
However, Sahin constantly struggled with injury issues throughout the 2011/12 season, and made just four league appearances. He was loaned out to Liverpool and Dortmund in the following seasons, before returning to Dortmund permanently for €7 million in 2014.
9. Steve Sidwell
Mourinho made a head scratching decision back in the summer of 2007, when he signed a free agent Steve Sidwell. What was more shocking was Sidwell was handed a number nine shirt being a central midfielder. Although he had a good stint at Reading prior to signing with the Blues, he never quite looked like he belonged in Stamford Bridge. He ended up making just 15 league appearances with Chelsea, and was shipped out to Aston Villa in the summer for a £5 million fee.
8. Hamit Altintop
Just like his compatriot Sahin, Hamit Altintop didn’t exactly have the best time at the Santiago Bernabeu after coming over from Germany. After spending four years at Bayern Munich, Altintop decided not to renew his contract with them and joined Real Madrid as a free agent in 2011.
However, he was unable to break into the star studded Madrid squad, and was even forced to play as a fullback at times. During his lone season in Spain, Altintop made just 12 appearances, with most of them coming from the bench. He joined Galatasaray for €3.5 million in 2012.
7. Pedro Leon
After impressing with Valladolid and Getafe, Mourinho made Pedro Leon one of his first signings at Madrid in 2010. As a winger, Leon was expected to be starting alongside Cristiano Ronaldo to penetrate opposition defenses, and stopped Barcelona’s dominance at the time.
However, despite his popularity with the fans, the Spaniard was given a very little chance by Mourinho, and rarely played during his lone season at the Santiago Bernabeu. He only appeared in a total of 14 games, and returned to Getafe permanently in the following season.
6. Mateja Kezman
105 goals in 122 appearances during Mateja Kezman’s four year stint at PSV alerted Mourinho and Roman Abramovich and they managed to sign him for a relatively cheap price of £5.3 million in 2004. Known for being a prolific poacher, Kezman came to Chelsea with high expectations surrounding his name.
However, he only managed to score seven times despite playing in 41 games across all competitions. After failing to make an impact during his loan season at Stamford Bridge, the Serbian was sold to Atletico Madrid for the same price he was bought a year earlier.
5. Asier Del Horno
A year before Ashley Cole was signed, Mourinho brought in Asier Del Horno from Athletic Bilbao hoping to sort out his left back issues. After good performances with Bilbao and the Spanish national team, Del Horno was expected to exceed the expectations at Chelsea.
However, despite playing for the club 34 times, the Spaniard did very little for the fans to remember his name. His only memorable moments were the goal against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, and the silly challenge on Lionel Messi against Barcelona — which got him sent off. Del Horno moved back to Spain the following season, signing with Valencia.
4. Fabio Coentrao
Mourinho signed his compatriot Fabio Coentrao in the summer of 2011 for €30 million plus Ezequiel Garay from Benfica, making him one of the most expensive defenders at the time. Despite having to compete with Marcelo for a starting spot, Coentrao actually got some playing time under Mourinho, making 66 appearances in two seasons.
However, he’d make only 43 appearances in next three seasons at the club as he started struggling with multiple injuries. After playing in just six games last season, Coentrao left Madrid to join Sporting Lisbon on loan.
3. Ricardo Quaresma
Jose Mourinho didn’t break the bank at Inter Milan, unlike his stints at Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Real Madrid. Regardless, he did make one marquee signing during his time in San Siro — which was signing his compatriot Ricardo Quaresma in 2008 for €18.6 million plus young Portuguese midfielder Pele.
However, Quaresma’s playing style did not sit well with Mourinho’s pragmatic approach, and he was shipped out to Chelsea on loan just six months into his contract. After also failing to make an impact in England, the Portuguese was given another chance at Inter in the 2009/10 season. He flopped once again, scoring no goals in 13 appearances and was voted a the worst player in the Serie A.
2. Radamel Falcao
After Radamel Falcao failed to make an impact at Manchester United, Mourinho vowed to make the Colombian world class again and signed him on loan from Monaco. Falcao was struggling from injuries after he rushed to come back from it a season earlier, and looked nowhere ready for physical football from the day one.
He made just 12 appearances in total for the Blues, scoring just once. Mourinho’s successor at the club, Guus Hiddink, ended up dropping him for the Champions League squad for Alexandre Pato. Falcao eventually returned to Monaco once the 2015/16 season ended, and has regained his old form.
1. Andriy Shevchenko
Arguably one of the biggest flops in the Premier League, Andriy Shevchenko was shockingly bad at Chelsea. Signed in 2006 for £30 million after a tremendous spell at AC Milan, where he scored 173 goals in 296 appearances, and captaining Ukraine to the quarterfinal stage in the World Cup, the striker was expected to bring Chelsea to the next level.
However, he failed to adapt to the physical nature of English football, and scored just nine goals in 48 league appearances. He returned to Milan on loan during 2008/09 season, before leaving on free to his hometown club Dynamo Kyiv.
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Posted by Premier Football on Thursday, November 30, 2017