The former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder has claimed that Mourinho buys players who are of proven quality, while others sign footballers who have the potential to be brilliant.
“It’s the two Ps for me: potential, proven,” Wilkins said on BT Sport’s Football Tonight Special show on Monday. “Mourinho buys proven, the rest buy potential. And who wins the championship? Proven.”
Wilkins does make a good point about the type of players that Mourinho sign. The Portuguese does indeed tend to go for footballers who are already established.
In the summer of 2014, Chelsea recruited Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy. In the January transfer market, the London outfit sign Juan Cuadrado.
Fabregas, Costa and Luis arrived at Stamford Bridge as proven top-quality players, while Cuadrado’s performances in the first half of the season for Fiorentina made him one of the hottest properties in the market.
However, it is just not Mourinho who signs ‘proven’ players. Manchester City have been doing that for a number of years now, with the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure all playing important roles in their recent Premier League title triumphs.