Over the years, Chelsea has had several great talents. Frank Lampard and John Terry will go down in Blues history as club icons, while Dider Drogba, Arjen Robben, and Diego Costa will have a special place in the hearts of most Blues supporters.
But what about those who have fallen short of expectations, those who have completely failed at Stamford Bridge?
There have been a lot of those as well. There has been a Juan Cuadrado for every Didier Drogba.
We take a look at the biggest flops at Stamford Bridge during the last decade:
Kepa, who is still at Chelsea and is now the first-team goalkeeper owing to the absence of Eduardo Mendy, appears to be one of Chelsea’s worst signings ever, and one of the worst Chelsea goalkeeper signings ever.
Chelsea saw Kepa as a possible Thibaut Courtois replacement and went to considerable efforts to recruit him to Stamford Bridge.
Under Maurizio Sarri, the €72 million goalkeeper seemed promising, but his form worsened once Lampard took over, forcing Chelsea to hunt for a new goalkeeper when Tuchel arrived, resulting in Mendy’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Roman was interested in signing him because of his form at Liverpool, where he scored 69 Premier League goals. However, the €50 million striker fell short of the club’s expectations, requiring almost 1,000 minutes to score his first Chelsea goal.
Despite helping Chelsea win the 2012 Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, Fernando Torres only scored 45 goals and 35 assists in 175 games for the club.
According to his current poor form, the expensive striker isn’t having the best of times in London right now. Tuchel enlisted the help of Romelu Lukaku, who cost €100 million, earlier this season.
On the other side, the striker has stated his displeasure with Tuchel’s game style and formation, as well as his wish to leave.
Chelsea fans are optimistic that the striker would live up to the great expectations that were heaped on him prior to his arrival.
Buying Lukaku could be a massive mistake if he can’t produce at the same level as he did at Inter Milan.
The former Real Madrid striker was not very impressive during his time at the club, but Chelsea was desperate for a striker, which is why Roman picked Alvaro Morata over Antonio Conte’s preferred option, Romelu Lukaku, for a club-record €58 million transfer fee.
Perhaps as a result of this, Morata underperformed at Chelsea until he demanded a return to Juventus.
Bakayoko was one of the main players who helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title in 2016/17. He arrived in London with high expectations after signing for €40 million.
Bakayoko was expected to take Matic’s place at Chelsea, but things didn’t go according to plan, and he began a succession of loan moves away from the club.
The striker was a flop at Chelsea, scoring only eight goals in the Premier League and joining a long list of failed strikers.
Marseille agreed to pay €33 million for his talents. He is still a Chelsea player, however he is on loan to Besiktas.
The former Leipziger was regarded as one of the best players in the league. Chelsea needed a striker who could play on either wing, so they paid nearly €50 million for him.
Despite playing in Chelsea’s champions league-winning squad in 2020/2021. Werner has not been at his best since the arrival of Lukaku under Tuchel, and he has been relegated to the bench.
Reading has a supply of drinkwater on loan. Drinkwater does not appear to be a Chelsea caliber player at first impression.
Despite being a member of the team that won the EPL title, N’golo Kante did the most of the work in Leicester City’s midfield.
Drinkwater has only played 25 times for the club and has been on loan since about 2018.