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Andre Villas-Boas is regarded by many as the worst Chelsea manager of the Roman Abramovich era.

Recruited on the back of Carlo Ancelottis brutal dismissal, Villas-Boas arrived at Stamford Bridge with a mini Mourinho reputation having followed in his compatriot and former boss footsteps in succeeding at FC Porto.

However, it quickly became apparent that Villas-Boas couldnt muster the same magic as the Special One in west London and was ultimately sacked just nine months into his tenure.

With the Blues on the brink of exiting the Champions League and marooned in fifth place in thePremier Leagueat the time of his dismissal, its no wonder thatChelseafans dont look back on Villas-Boas reign with much joy.

But perhaps surprisingly, there was an overwhelming positive that came from what most fans would agree is one of the most negative periods to unfold while Abramovich was in the boardroom.

That, dear reader, is the fact that Chelseas recruitment under Villas-Boas was so remarkable that its still stunning to look back on all these years later.

It seems unlikely that the Blues business could have been so eye-catching during what was nothing short of a nine-month nosedive, but believe it or not, Villas-Boas time in west London was one populated by superlative signings.

At least, if not superlative in the immediate aftermath of their arrival, certainly superlative when viewed through the wing-mirrors of hindsight.

And while, of course, its impossible for us to know exactly how much of a role Villas-Boas personally had in the acquisitions, that doesnt make it any less interesting that they all occurred during his stewardship.

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However, before we get too carried away with ourselves, you need to know what were on about, so be sure to check out every major signing that Chelsea made while Villas-Boas was in charge down below:

Man, what a way to start. Not only did Courtois go onto win the FA Cup, League Cup and two Premier League titles with Chelsea further down the line, but the mighty Belgian has also established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers of a generation.

Courtois can now boast a Champions League title, Yashin Trophy,World CupGolden Glove, three La Liga crowns and a top 10 finish in the most recent Ballon dOr.

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Neither a great signing nor an inherently bad one, Romeu might not have made a big impression at Chelsea across just 33 outings, but he did go onto establish himself as a Premier League stalwart with seven years at Southampton.

Ok, ok, ok, so Lukakus return to Chelsea last season might have gone up in flames, but the reality of the situation remains that the Blues won the race to sign one of the most exciting young strikers in the world back in 2012.

And with over 100 Premier League goals, 68 strikes for Belgium and hero status at Inter Milan having inspired them to Serie A glory, Lukaku undoubtedly ranks as one of the premier goalscorers of the last decade.

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An instant success that Blues fans still reminisce upon with fondness to this day, Mata collected Chelseas Player of the Year award in each of his full seasons at the club, before spending eight years with Manchester United.

Ah well, not all of Villas-Boas signings could be unadulterated hits with Dvila, just 20 years old at the time of his arrival, never making a senior appearance for the Blues. He currently represents Macarthur FC in the A-League.

An underrated buy, this, with Meireles arriving off the back of being named PFA Fans Player of the Year atLiverpooland duly making 45 appearances in his only full season for Chelsea, famously scoring in the Champions League quarter-finals.

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Re-signed from an early retirement brought about by injury, Hutchinson managed two further senior appearances for his boyhood club and now finds himself at Reading via Nottingham Forest, Vitesse, Pafos and Sheffield Wednesday.

Omeruo might never have pulled on the famous blue jersey in a first-team match, but hes still enjoyed a successful career nevertheless, amassing 57 caps for Nigeria and winning the Africa Cup of Nations.

Another signing that should not be underestimated with Cahill ending his Chelsea career seven years later as club captain with almost 300 appearances to his name, winning eight major honours including the Champions League.

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A curious swing and a miss with Piazon astonishingly spending nine years on Chelseas books despite only actually ever playing three times for the club and missing a penalty in his solitary Premier League outing.

Turn your nose up at Bamford as much as you like, but the simple fact of the matter is that he matured into a striker lethal enough to earn an England cap and produce a 17-goal Premier League season.

Do we even need to explain this one? Look, we all know the story of how things never worked out for De Bruyne at the Bridge, but boy does this signing look painful now when you consider how much of a Premier League icon hes gone on to become.

A back-to-back PFA Players Player of the Year award winner with almost 100 Premier League assists, four English league crowns and a podium finish in the Ballon dOr, De Bruyne truly is one of the greats of our time.

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Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a pretty astonishing list of signings when you consider that they all took place within arguably the most hectic nine months of the entire Abramovich era.

For all the problems and fallouts that blighted Villas-Boas reign at Stamford Bridge, it couldnt be any clearer that everything was running smoothly from a recruitment standpoint regardless of how much the Portuguese specifically had to do with it.

The likes of Courtois, Lukaku and De Bruyne might not have proven to be impressive signings in the short-term, but boy did their future performances make the cut-price moves they made to Chelsea in the first place look like coups.

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If anything, Villas-Boas signings as Chelsea boss go to show that the club, at times, can be just as good at jettisoning the talent they already have as they can be at identifying it in the first place.

Theres definitely a parallel universe out there where Villas-Boas has a statue outside the Bridge having led a Chelsea side containing De Bruyne and Lukaku to countless trophies, thats for sure.

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