5 strange signings Chelsea have made in recent years
A transfer market is a funny place. Often towards the end of the window, things get desperate and clubs end up taking a punt on players they are not fully sure of.
Sometimes, the panic buying pays off, but in many cases, it also backfires spectacularly. In the case of Chelsea Football club, however, some of the buys in the Roman Abramovich era have ranged from the strange to downright bizarre.
Abramovich, in his desire for excellence, has often ensured that managers who fail to win the league, fail to keep their jobs, and the desire for continuity has placed the recruitment strategy down to Directors like Michael Emenelo, who has been much maligned by Chelsea fans among others.
Especially the last couple of Chelsea managers - Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have voiced concerns over the club's transfer market performance. When you see this list, it would be easy to see the cause of their frustrations.
Some of these signings have looked like extremely strange punts on players that even scouts would be hard pressed to assess, or are players that have flopped miserably at a previous club.
#5 Michael Hector
Hector began his career at Reading, where he made his debut in 2014. Before his breakthrough in his first team, he had played in the lower reaches of English football for the likes of Bracknell Town, Didcot Town, Havant and Waterlooville. He also had a brief spell at Aberdeen on loan where he was successful.
While all of this is not too bad for a 24-year old defender, there was nothing that he had shown which warranted the Premier League Champions to sign him. Especially when you consider their only competition for his signature at a miserly £4 million was Crystal Palace, who were going into their second consecutive Premier League campaign for the first time in history.
His loan deal back to Reading was solid and he seems a mile away from the Chelsea first team and is now on loan at Hull City. Hector admitted in an interview that he has never really felt like a Chelsea player in 2016.
Hector joined and left Chelsea on deadline day in 2015. Chelsea had been looking for a defender for the first team in 2015 and instead, they got another decent player to join their loan contingent. He has since returned at the end of seasons to Chelsea, only to head back on loan once more.