Chelsea’s January transfer was a blunder, here’s the proof

In a winter transfer window that fizzled out before it ever truly ignited, Chelsea, arguably, stole the headlines as the deadline approached with the addition of Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian speedster arrived from Fiorentina in a deal worth around £23m, with lengthy negotiations having led to Mohamed Salah heading in the opposite direction to Florence. The Egyptian made Chelsea look a little silly during a forgettable 12 months in west London, and from the numbers he’s racking up in Italy, he’s doing it all over again in the purple shirt.

While Cuadrado is yet to do… erm… anything with his new side, Salah is already a key La Viola player and has outshone his replacement in almost every way possible. Okay, the former Basel ace has played more games, but his tally of four goals, one assist, 11 chances created and 14 successful take-ons make Chelsea’s decision to swap him for Cuadrado look as silly as Tim Sherwood’s gilet.

Cuadrado Salah stats

Numbers crunched via Squawka.

 


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