One of the most intriguing narratives to come out of last night’s thrilling Champions League encounter between Monaco and Manchester City was the visible return to form of a certain Radamel Falcao. In truth, El Tigre has been in fine fettle all season for the Ligue 1 side as they chase a league title ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, though to impress so much on English soil would have been a wonderful feeling for the clinical Colombian.
Having played in Manchester United and Chelsea sides at sixes and sevens, the former Atletico Madrid and Porto forward looked the lost number nine in both red and blue, yet he has spearheaded the men from the Principality’s title surge with 16 league goals thus far.
Despite missing a penalty last night at the Etihad Stadium, the 31-year-old striker produced a wonderful chip after shrugging off John Stones, with the sheer audacity to try and lob Willy Caballero from within the box almost as impressive as the actual technique.
So, with Falcao returning to his former self it seems, it’s time to pose the question: would he be welcome back in England? Obviously, the idea of a top six team taking him after his short spells at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge is rather strange, though there are ambitious Premier League sides in dire need of a forward.
Take West Ham United, for example. Their rather public quest to land a marquee marksman yielded only Simone Zaza, who has already departed east London after a miserable stint in claret and blue. With money to spend, having reportedly retained an interest in Falcao’s superstar compatriot James Rodriguez, it’s not out of the realms of possibility the Hammers could make a bid. And then tweet about it, of course.
Joking aside, West Ham fans, would you take Radamel Falcao in the summer?