Good news, unless you’re Chelsea (or anyone else who fancies a pop at one of Europe’s best strikers): Atletico Madrid will be looking to destroy the bank in order to keep Radamel Falcao at the Vicente Calderon, according to Marca.
It shouldn’t be a given that the Colombian striker will end up in the Premier League. What can Chelsea or even Manchester City offer the player that La Liga can’t—and I’m not specifically talking about Atletico.
Chelsea’s problem has always been to try and bring in the flashiest forward on the market for astronomical prices, and when they didn’t work out (always) the club had to turn to Didier Drogba.
Fernando Torres is in fairly decent form, he’s hitting the back of the net at least. But it’s more a question of when the frustrating Torres will come back. If Rafa Benitez is working wonders behind the scenes and actually bringing the best out of the striker, surely it will count for very little when Roman Abramovich opts to send him on his way at some point in the next nine months.
Then what? What happens if Chelsea do actually get their hands on Falcao but he struggles for one reason or another (as difficult as that may be to envisage)? Hasn’t Chelsea’s biggest problem always been that they had a good striker but nothing to fall back on when the goals dried up or a likely injury came about?
Chelsea want Falcao because he seems to guarantee success, but then where is the plan B? Surely they’re not going to hang on to Torres and let £50million waste away on the bench. Surely the player himself wants to get up at some point or another and play football. And if that does happen, if Torres does leave to balance the books somewhat from the purchase of Falcao (remember, hypothetically) then where is the other option for goals going to come from?
During Andriy Shevchenko’s stay and the early part of Torres’ time at the club, Chelsea have been able to look to Drogba and to an extent Nicolas Anelka. Where are the back-ups for Falcao?
As it shouldn’t be, I’m not convinced the player will end up at Stamford Bridge or even in the Premier League. So do Chelsea go after Edinson Cavani and chuck £40million at Napoli? No, take that money and buy two very good strikers who can share the load of competing on a number of fronts.
Maybe that’s not glamorous enough, maybe the owner simply must have the best and what everyone else wants, regardless of what’s best for the team. And when it doesn’t quite work out, the rumours of Drogba coming back for one last go can always crop up.
It should take a little more awareness from the club to recognise their problems in attack, and no matter how good a single striker is who eventually replaces Torres, those problems will remain.
Daniel Sturridge may be off in the near future, yet even he didn’t really add to the levels of depth in the squad. It may be easy to look at Atletico Madrid as a team who are relying on Falcao as their only option, but Adrian Lopez and Diego Costa do a well enough job in his absence.
Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and whoever else you want to throw onto the list all have depth in attack, and yet Chelsea’s main aim seems to be to bring in one player for a 60-game campaign. Who suffers? The manager. Whose fault is it? Never the owner, obviously.