#7 Ricardo Quaresma
Ricardo Quaresma's talent has never been in doubt. The mercurial winger possesses a bag of delectable tricks and is capable of scoring worldies at will. What has always been his Achilles' heel, though, is his temperament, which has meant that he has not been consistent enough at the highest level.
At Inter Milan under Mourinho, Quaresma found the back of the net only once and was hardly part of the gaffer's plans as the Italian club went on to claim a historic continental treble.
#6 Juan Cuadrado
Juan Cuadrado had established his credentials as a top-quality winger at Fiorentina. That prompted Mourinho to bring the Colombian to Chelsea. However, the player struggled to adapt to the pace of the English Premier League even though he received the coach's backing during his early days.
Mourinho had said then:
"He needs time. I know Italy, and I know the difference between Italy and England. His formation, his development, his experience – everything was in Italy. Stability, time, integration – I think we will see the best Cuadrado next year."
However, Mourinho's words didn't turn out to be prophetic, as Juan Cuadrado never prospered at the Bridge before finally moving back to Italy, where he finally found his feet once again with Juventus.
#5 Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku has turned his career around at Inter Milan as a marksman after a disappointing spell at Manchester United, where he finally fell down the pecking order under new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Despite his failure to win a trophy at United, his goalscoring record wasn't very poor at the club. However, he did fail to deliver what was expected of him before getting a new lease of life at Inter. However, it was his first spell under Jose Mourinho that specifically warrants his mention here.
To be honest, Romelu Lukaku, then an upcoming striker, never really clicked at Chelsea after joining the club. He only made ten league appearances for the club over three seasons before the Portuguese tactician loaned him out to Everton, where Lukaku finally made his mark in England.Published 31 Oct 2020, 03:58 IST