Five striker flops for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

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Strikers at Chelsea and Inter Milan have certainly flopped for Jose Mourinho over the years.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is currently receiving a fair amount of stick for his decisions in the striker department this season - in particular his decision to send Romelu Lukaku out on loan to Everton.

Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have been out of form ever since arriving at Stamford Bridge - and Samuel Eto’o looks to be well beyond his best.

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But this is not the first time he has managed to mess up with his strikers throughout his managerial career…

Here are five of the worst striker signings Mourinho has made in his managerial career…

Mateja Kezman

He came into Stamford Bridge as the Batman to Arjen ‘Robben’ as the best goalscorer in Europe at the time.

His four seasons at PSV Eindhoven saw him score 129 goals in 176 games - so it seemed a brilliant buy.

But Kezman scored just seven goals in 41 games for Chelsea before Mourinho had seen enough, and sent him on his way.

Claudio Pizarro

Available on a free transfer at the end of the 2009 season Mourinho felt the Peruvian was a bargain signing.

But like Kezman he spent just one season at Chelsea, and by the time he left Mourinho was also gone.

He scored just two goals in 32 appearances for The Blues.

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Marko Arnautovic

Now at Stoke City, the bad boy spent most of his loan spell messing around with Mario Balotelli.

His deal from FC Twente was cut short just one year into a two year loan spell, after Inter did not feel he was good enough to make it in Italian football.

He played just three games for Inter, scoring no goals.

After he left, Mourinho said that the Austrian was a ‘’fantastic person but has the attitude of a child.’’

Goran Pandev

The Macedonian seemed an excellent transfer on paper. The player was on top form for Lazio when he arrived - but he scored just three times under Mourinho.

Never a potent scorer, the Nerazzuri were still hoping for a figure nearer the 15 goals he scored for Napoli the season previous.

Andriy Shevchenko

Is this a harsh entry? Possibly. I know many will go ‘ but Jose never wanted him?’ I have never believed that the Ukrainian was ‘forced’ on him by Roman Abramovich - so the £30.8 million paid for the Ukrainian who scored just nine Premier League goals in 47 appearances is certainly one of his less ‘special’ moments.

Who do you think is Mourinho’s worse striker signing?

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