Chelsea's Nigerian transfer guru Michael Emenalo is the latest senior figure to feel the heat...
Chelsea's Nigerian transfer guru Michael Emenalo is the latest senior figure to feel the heat of the club’s disastrous season.
Technical director Emenalo is under pressure at the top level over Chelsea’s recent transfer record. The Premier League champions failed to sign No 1 target John Stones from Everton in the summer and have offloaded several other big-money buys on loan after they failed to impress.
Winger Mo Salah cost £11million but was shipped out to Roma, Juan Cuadrado was an initial £23.3m but is on a season-long loan deal at Juventus and £17m Filipe Luis is already back at Atletico Madrid after one disappointing season in England.
|Salah who is one of the flop signings by Chelsea has been in terrific form for Roma with 5 goals and 5 assists so far|
Chelsea did nick £21.25m Barcelona forward Pedro from under the noses of Manchester United. But they rounded off their disappointing summer spending with a £2m deal for unknown centre-half Papy Djilobodji and failed with four bids of up to £37m for centre-back Stones, 21.
And it means Emenalo is now fighting to save his job alongside boss Jose Mourinho. While Mourinho’s long-term future may be in doubt, he will be given money to spend in the January transfer window, while getting rid of some of his flops in a bid to turn things around.
Michael Emenalo is a 50-year old Nigeria who worked in both the scouting and coaching departments at Chelsea before being promoted to Technical Director in 2011.
He previously worked as assistant first-team coach under ex-boss Carlo Ancelotti, arriving at Stamford Bridge when Avram Grant was in charge at the club in 2007.
A defender during his playing career, he had a short stint at Notts County in 1994-95. He played 14 times for Nigeria.