Will Ricardo Quaresma give Chelsea more problems?
Winger capable of superb skill and crushing disappointment
New Chelsea loaner Ricardo Quaresma is a great player. A product of the Sporting youth system that gave the world Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, his pace, skill and brilliant swervey shooting technique caught the eye of Frank Rijkaard in 2003. The 25-year-old winger, however, failed to set La Liga alight, and made only ten starts for Barcelona. During Euro 2004, he showed early signs of being a pain in the arse by insisting he would never play for the Spanish giants again, and eventually engineered himself a return to Portugal.
After a successful stint at FC Porto, Quaresma caught the eye of The Special One, who paid €18.6m plus Portuguese youngster Pele to bring him to Internazionale. Mourinho doesn’t sign players lightly, but even he has grown tired of Quaresma’s lack of “tactical discipline”. He has scored one goal in eleven appearances in Italy, and now finds himself loaned out after less than a season.
To summarise, Quaresmo has been a hit in Portugal, but has failed to do anything in two of Europe’s biggest leagues, and has a record of petulance on and off the field.
So, has Big Phil made a good choice bringing him in, or has he given himself a huge headache? Let us know what you think below.
Spoiler bonus: If given regular playing opportunities, Quaresma is capable of great things – check out a compilation after the jump…