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Most Disappointing XI's - Chelsea F.C.

By Chris Lappin 

This is not a list of Chelsea’s worst players in terms of ability. 

It’s a list of the disappointing players that arrived for huge money or  big expectations, Players that were meant to push the clubs towards the Championship glory but didn't quite do it at the Bridge!

GK - Mark Bosnich
After a securing a healthy pay packet, Bosnich was sacked for failing a drugs test and banned from football for nine months after just seven appearances for the club. He failed to rebuild his reputation, eventually ending his career in Australia.

RB - Tal Ben Haim
A great spell at Bolton saw him earn a lucrative free transfer to Chelsea in 2007, but after Jose Mourinho was sacked, Ben Haim criticised his replacement Avram Grant, which led to him being fined two weeks' wages. He made just 13 appearances for the Blues before Man City then swooped in the season after.

CB - Emerson Thome
The Brazilian spent just eight months with Chelsea after an undistinguished spell with Sheffield Wednesday. Bereft of pace and a place in the team, he departed after playing just once in his second season at the club.

CB - Winston Bogarde
Was thought to be one of the best defenders in the world at the time but the guy leaked more goals than any other defender known to man. He failed to possess the quality that seemed to have been sold to them at the time of scouting.

LB - Asier Del Horno
The Spaniard showed early promise but went downhill fast after being sent off against Barcelona for a rash challenge on Lionel Messi. Mourinho quickly lost faith in him and he was flogged to Valencia at a loss of £3m only a year later.

RW - Brian Laudrup
The talented Danish international was signed by Gianluca Vialli in 1998 from Rangers and much was expected of him, but his performances were lacklustre and he struggled with injuries. Shortly after the last of his seven appearances he moved to FC Copenhagen in the spring of 1999.

CM - Juan Sebastian Veron
He did not shine for United and was nowhere near justifying his £28.1-million price tag.
So when Chelsea signed him two years later for £15 million, Chelsea fans were left scratching their heads. Needless to say, he failed to impress at the Bridge, scoring only one goal in seven appearances.

CM - Slavisa Jokanovic
Claudio Ranieri's first signing at Chelsea turned out to be his worst, with the midfielder failing to inspire the team during his two-year spell. He was forced to see out his contract at the club, with the club admitting he was far from popular upon his departure.

LW - Gabriele Ambrosetti
Gabriele Ambrosetti described by Vialli as "The Next Ryan Giggs," cost the £3.5 million in 1999.Scoring an impressive zero goals in 16 appearances, Chelsea fans were glad to see the back of him. Oh, and I forgot to mention, these 16 appearances were spread out over four years.

FW - Chris Sutton
You have to feel for Sutton, he was playing amazing for Blackburn but it soon went out the window the minute that he pulled on a Chelsea shirt. Not sure where his ability went at that moment but no wonder they were looking for a refund the moment they played with him once. After his disappointing season at Chelsea, Sutton quickly regained his goalscoring form at Celtic

FW - Andriy Shevchenko
Huge name that was brought into the club by the new chairman Roman Abramovich for £32 million. Proven goal scorer in Serie A but the moment his feet landed in London he seemed to forget what scoring goals was all about.

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