Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has had his transfer judgment questioned after an uncertain start to Juan Cuadrado's life in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old's moved to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day on 2 February for a reported £23.3m ($35m) from Fiorentina but has made just two Premier League starts this term.

The move was the catalyst for Andre Schurrle leaving Chelsea for Wolfsburg in a deal worth £24m, with the Germany international having helped the club cement second place in the Bundesliga table with one goal in 10 league appearances.

And former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin says Cuadrado has offered "nothing" during his three months at the club, which followed the exit of Schurrle who had netted 11 goals in 18 months in west London.

"Cuadrado has come in and not done anything near what they'd hope he do," Nevin told Newstalk. "It is an odd one. You got rid of Schurrle who was very useful to come in now and again. Cuadrado comes in and does nothing. So that doesn't look like the best decision ever."

Chelsea closing in on the title

Victory over Manchester United put Chelsea within two wins of claiming the Premier League title, with victories over Arsenal and Leicester City enough to confirm Mourinho's second piece of silverware since returning to English football.

Chelsea blew away their domestic opponents in the early months of the season prior to injuries to the likes of top scorer Diego Costa, which have seen Mourinho's side adopt a more defensive approach in recent weeks.

"When they lost the physicality of Costa up front and he's not been doing it for most of the second half of the season, mostly down to injury, they've not been able to use Remy either," Nevin explained.

"They're basically playing with warhorse up front and there is nothing special there. Jose has looked at that and said this team can't play like that anymore.

"Had Chelsea stayed in the Champions League I think they'd be level on points with Arsenal at the moment, I don't think they could have kept that going.

"I don't think they've had that energy to play with that 'joie de vivre', So [Mourinho] finds a method. Joyless some people would call it, but there is an art in defending."