A 29-year-old striker who netted just four goals all season and was swiftly shipped back to Monaco from Manchester United is hardly, on the surface, an inspiring potential summer addition for Chelsea.
However, reports that Radamel Falcao is close to sealing a somewhat surprise transfer to Stamford Bridge are doing the rounds, and we at FFC Towers are feeling pretty positive for the West London club.
After all, not long ago ‘El Tigre’ was one of the most feared forwards on the planet. That sort of quality won’t disappear overnight, and with that in mind here are FIVE reasons the striker’s possible move could be a case of one man’s trash being another’s treasure…
When Falcao arrived at Manchester United in an eye-watering loan deal, many predicted that the Colombian would be the focal point of a new-look Red Devils side under Louis van Gaal. Naturally the pressure was on the now 29-year-old from the off, which didn’t help his cause with recovering from a long-term knee injury also a big task for him.
At Chelsea, though, Falcao is set to be Diego Costa’s back-up man, while the media circus that follows United is not quite as strong as at Chelsea, despite their status as Premier League champions.
Although he only notched four goals in all competitions, 2014/15 was a learning curve for Falcao. The English game is far more fast-paced and physically demanding than divisions across Europe – the Colombian carved out his reputation in Portugal and Spain.
So, with a season under his belt and fitness returning, maybe Falcao can use what he’s learnt to show Premier League followers why the hype surrounding his initial arrival was so strong.
Jose Mourinho is a pragmatic coach. Pragmatic doesn’t mean defensive, it means using the tools he has to get the maximum level of ‘bang for buck’. He’ll happily alter his system and use players in certain roles to help others, unlike Louis van Gaal, whose desire to play 3-4-3 early on at Old Trafford was worryingly stubborn.
‘Mou’ will be open to adapting his side’s approach to get the best from Falcao when and if he’s called upon, which could be just what the 29-year-old needs.
A striker is, on the most part, only as good as the service he’s receiving. For the bulk of Falcao’s game time at Old Trafford last season he was in a ‘mish mash’ side, feeding off scraps from the likes of a misfiring Angel di Maria and a deep-lying Wayne Rooney…
Whereas at Chelsea he’ll have support from Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Willian, among others, with the former duo among the top creators in the Premier League last season.
Man United’s loss could very much be Chelsea’s gain. The Blues have allowed Didier Drogba to leave already, so the chance to replace the 36-year-old Ivorian with Falcao will add greater quality to the Blues’ ranks, strengthening their pursuit of the title. What’s that they say about one man’s trash being another’s treasure?