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Opinion: 5 Players Whose Career Took A Hit After Joining Chelsea

Chelsea began their climb to the more elite classes of English football during the nineties, inflating non-invasively while the giants that were Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal struggled for each of the distinctions. The construction of this achievement began when the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich took over the Stamford Bridge. It was based on players like John Terry, Frank Lampard, Peter Cech, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba, who changed the whole history of the club.

 Apart from these greats, many other players who played for the London club were Michael Ballack, Claude Makalele, Gianfranco Zola, Mikel Essien were also some who contributed greatly to the club's history. But not every transfer is as successful as others. Many came to the club with huge sums of money spent on them but failed to meet their standards and even continued to fade in the English club.

 While modern examples of players' careers go downhill when signing for a new club, the best example would be FC Barcelona, ​​but that's a story for another time.

 Let's talk about 5 players who made the move to Stamford Bridge but failed to meet their standards -

 5. Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City to Chelsea, £35m)

 After a decisive league win with Leicester City, the midfield duo of Danny Drinkwater and Ngolo Canta were immediately signed by the West London club. Caneta has reached peaks and is potentially in the race for the prestigious Balloon d'Or. The drinking water failed to meet its standards. Back when he was signed he was the 10th most expensive English drinkwater of all time. The move is £35 million on a £100,000-a-week contract. Only a 12-league appearance with the Blues Drinkwater has gone on loan at Aston Villa, Burnley, and he is currently in Turkey with Kasimpasa.

 4. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea, £71.6 million)

 After selling their mascot Thibaut Courtois to Los Blancos, Chelsea had to find a solid replacement at the back, and with players like Peter Cech and Thibaut Courtois in the past, it was difficult to find a goalkeeper at that level. Many may say the signing was in a hurry but they landed the Spaniard with a record signing of £71.6 million.


 The former Athletic Bilbao man ran one of the worst campaigns as a goalkeeper in Premier League history in the 19/20 season and had a poor display all around. The following year he became second as a promising pick Eduard Mendy rose and now has the highest clean sheets in a single season of the Champions League equal to Kaylor Navas.

 3. Hernan Crespo (International for Chelsea, £16.8m)

 Hernan Crespo The Italian team won a really great kick in his career. Scores 80 goals in 151 appearances at Parma. His incredible numbers earned him a move to Lazio for a sum of £35 million which was a large sum at the time. He remained consistent at Lazio and even provided bigger numbers with 58 goals in just 73 appearances.

 After some time at Inter Milan, he was signed by the Blues during the reign of Claudio Ranieri where he managed to score only 13 goals in 43 appearances. A change in managers also led to Crespo's time at the club and was loaned to AC Milan and later transferred.

 2. Andrei Shevchenko (AC Milan for Chelsea, £30.8m)

 The legend of the club in Milan and former winner of the Balloon d'Or, which in Shevchenko was definitely a fan favorite and well-known throughout Europe. In the first ten scenes of the Champions League of all time, the Ukrainian team failed to meet its standards and scored only 14 times in 51 appearances. Another striker who failed to adapt in the Premier League.

 1. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea for £50m)

 As in the list above, there are quite a few strikers mentioned, some might say that Chelsea have a striker curse because only Didier Drogba and Diego Costa were just Purim for the club. Even Chelsea current striker Timo Werner has struggled to make ends meet at the club. We still just can not cancel him because he played an important role this season in Chelsea's Champions League win.

 Fernando Torres was probably the best player in the league during his time at Anfield, but things changed when he moved to a club in West London. Torres has scored 45 times in just 172 appearances. Everyone probably remembers that awful open goal against Manchester United. So without a doubt Fernando Torres is still considered one of the worst signings in the history of football.

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