Adrian Mutu: The £15m man – what did he do next?


Adrian Mutu has had short spells coaching Romanian top-flight side Voluntari and in Abu Dhabi before taking on his current role

Leicester’s Ian Walker never stood a chance. The shot, all bludgeoned power and fizzing swerve, streaked past his stretching fingers and into the bottom corner.

Blackburn’s Brad Friedel was the next victim, left floundering as the ball was ushered around him and rolled into the empty net.

By the time Adrian Mutu scored twice in a September 2003 win over Tottenham, making it four goals in his first three Chelsea games, it seemed the Premier League had a new superstar.

“He has the predatory skills to rival Ruud van Nistelrooy, with something of the finesse of Thierry Henry,” reported the Guardian.