From Del Horno to Jarosik: 7 signings who failed to reach their potential at Chelsea

Fresh off a transfer ban and a quiet January, it’s been a while since Chelsea have made any signings.

And given time to breathe, a young Blues squad is now making a name for itself and looks set for a return to the Champions League.

In fact a transfer ban may sometimes be advisable.

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We take a look at some of Chelsea’s more transient and forgotten ‘stars’, and what they’ve been up to since their time at Stamford Bridge.

Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini has played for some big clubs, and you’d be forgiven for forgetting that one of them was Chelsea.

The Italian signed his first professional contract with the Blues and made eight appearances for them too.

But Borini’s career since forms a curious pattern.

Fabio Borini in his Chelsea days (Image: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A successful loan spell at Swansea was followed by a drab time at Parma followed by a great stint at Roma followed by a miserable period at Liverpool followed by a revitalising loan at Sunderland followed by a difficult spell at AC Milan.

Now at Verona, expect great things.

The man is nothing but inconsistent and has at least played in some fantastic football stadiums.

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Papy Djilibodji

It’s a classic quiz question. Who made their only Chelsea appearance by replacing Radamel Falcao in the Blues’ third round League Cup match away to Walsall?

Papy Djilibodji did.

And that was that for the Senagalese international who had looked such an exciting prospect after a great five years with Nantes in which the defender caught the attention of many Premier League clubs.

It wasn’t meant to be.

A loan spell with Werder Bremen followed before Sunderland signed him for a questionable £8 million.

Two seasons later and he was sacked by the Black Cats for breach of contract.

Djilibodji now plays his football in…