10 footballers whose careers dipped after joining Chelsea
- 10 players who lost their charm at the famed Stamford Bridge.
Since 2004, Roman Abramovich has been the godfather at Stamford Bridge. The Russian billionaire's financial wealth is one of the reasons Chelsea are regarded as a top club in world football.
Abramovich took over as the owner of Chelsea and started a revolution. The first thing he did was to sign a young and promising manager in the name of Jose Mourinho. And ever since then, the Stamford Bridge has been a regular place for high-profile signings.
Like you can't score with every shot on goal, you can't get every transfer spot on. While some might go on to become legends, some leave unknown and are forgotten in a hurry.
Chelsea is known as a ruthless club, with Abramovich being particularly strict about doing away with underperformers. The Russian has earned a reputation for axing players and managers who don't perform at the club.
Even the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti have found it hard to avoid being poleaxed by the Russian. When masterminds like them don't stand a chance, how can the players?
In this slideshow, we take a look at 10 players who joined Chelsea as promising talents but left as forgotten men.
#10: Mateja Kezman
Serbian forward Mateja Kezman was born for scoring a plethora goals, and he did so with PSV Eindhoven. He scored a brilliant 105 goals in 122 appearances over four years with the Dutch outfit. With those numbers, Kezman was a target for a host of clubs and decided to go for Chelsea in a 3.5 million deal.
While Kezman agreed to be at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea roped in another exciting young talent - Arjen Robben. The two were touted to be the next deadly duo in the Premier League. Kezman was nicknamed 'Batman', owing to his partnership with Robben.
However, things failed to go through as the Serbian could score only 7 goals in 41 appearances for the club, causing Mourinho to offload in just a year. Kezman joined Atletico Madrid in a no-profit-no-loss deal from Chelsea, after failing to make his mark at the Stamford Bridge.