Jose's Not So Special Anymoreby Andy Dillon / 17 August 2015, 16:38Tweet
The Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) returns this week with Jose Mourinho in the spotlight....
JOSE MOURINHO can always round on his army of critics and point to his urivalled CV every time he oversteps the mark and sparks outrage.
Champions League triumphs abroad and closer to home an impressive performance restoring Chelsea to the summit of The Premier League.
He is 'Special' in many ways with a robust and abrasive character, medals weighing down his chest and a basic salary of lb9million per year and much more in personal endorsements.
But as his team struggles to get into first gear this season there is growing evidence that maybe Mourinho is struggling in the one area where he really needs to get it spot on - the transfer market.
A manager can get the tactics wrong one week and spot on the next, or maybe two weeks after in Chelsea's case as they toil to get it right. after a draw and a defeat.
But players are building blocks for the long term, the foundations of the next three or four years for a club and if you miss the target there then the repercussions will be felt long after the pain of losing to one of your main rivals has faded.
Mourinho has been lucky in this respect.
Lucky in that he has worked at huge clubs with massive budgets who can throw their hat into the ring for the big names that are up for grabs but moreover can comfortably take a hit on those who fail to make the grade.
This brings us onto Filipe Luis and Mo Salah as two prime examples of where Mourinho has been anything but special.
Both have already been dumped by Chelsea; Luis is back at Atletico Madrid and Salah 'on loan' at Italians Roma, but we all know what that means.
Chelsea spent around lb18m signing Luis who would supposedly challenge Cesar Azpilcueta for the left back position.
Azpilicueta is a right footed left back but so far Mourinho has not been able to find anyone who can improve on his man currently playing 50 yards out of position.
A year after joining, Luis is back at Atletico Madrid having played just 15 games in what can only be considered a disaster of a move.
But when Chelsea are on the march to the Premier League title as they were last season it is handily brushed aside.
Egyptian Salah had a fearsome reputation as a waspish winger with Basel. He tore Chelsea to shreds when the Swiss team shocked The Blues in The Champions League two years ago with wins home and away in the group stage.
After an lb11m move the following January he is now another Mourinho mistake. He has gone to Fiorentina as part exchange for Juan Cuadrado.
This is the Cuadrado who between the second of February and May 3 made only three starts following his big move. The jury is still out on the Colombian.
Hopefully you're getting my drift now. Re-signing Didier Drogba hardly proved the competition needed for number one striker Diego Costa. Frustrated third choice Loic Remy is currently being offered around for lb15m after an unhappy 12 months at Stamford Bridge.
Splashing big bucks on established names is no real risk but digging out the nuggets who can improve your team and in these financially aware days your club's Financial Fair Play standing requires more of the grey matter than the green stuff.
Mourinho has not been that special in this regard for some time.
Jose Mourinho can be currently backed at 12/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave post betting.