When Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in June 2003, it represented a landmark moment for the club.
His ambition was evident from the moment he completed the deal, and in the time since it has seen Chelsea crowned champions of England and Europe. But despite that sustained success, the club hasn’t always got it right.
The Blues have regularly splashed the cash in the transfer window and are doing so again this summer with Frank Lampard bringing in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
He will be hoping that duo can be a success as Lampard knows for every Ricardo Carvalho, there is a Tal Ben-Haim, and Daily Star Sport have looked at the ten worst signings of the Abramovich era.
Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and quickly splashed the cash
10. Juan Sebastian Veron
Juan Sebastian Veron struggled at Manchester United before a similarly difficult spell at Chelsea
In the early days of Abramovich’s ownership, Chelsea needed to close the gap with those at the top. Signing a player like Veron seemed an excellent way to go about it, but instead, proved a major disappointment.
“He carried an aura to him,” Robert Huth, a former Chelsea team-mate, told The Athletic. “But one thing that’s not very forgiving is a football club’s changing room.
“It’s all well and good having an aura and a successful playing career behind you, but if you step into the changing room and don’t really cut it, either in training or on a matchday, that aura is lost pretty quickly.”
He eventually returned to Italy in 2007 having played just seven times and scoring once for the Blues.
9. Adrian Mutu
Adrian Mutu arrived at Chelsea with high expectations but was sacked by the club after being hit with a drug ban
The Romanian striker joined Chelsea from Parma and was seen as one of the club’s first statements of intent.
His record in Italy had been mostly impressive bar a…