In the January transfer window, Chelsea brought in Colombian Juan Cuadrado. He played in the World Cup, and was considered highly important for Fiorentina. Paul Scholes even said Chelsea had done the best business in the window by bringing him in. All good then, right?
But, Cuadrado is yet to play a full 90 minutes in the league. Chelsea fans have even called for the midfielder to be sold in the summer window. Meanwhile, at Fiorentina, Mohamed Salah is on fire. Andre Schurrle, also shipped out in January, scored his first goal for Wolfsburg at the weekend. Did Jose make a mistake?
In Chelsea’s most recent game against Stoke, Cuadrado was brought on after the hour mark for Loic Remy. his goal scoring opportunity came to nothing, and in typical Jose Mourinho fashion, he could not hide his disappointment. Mourinho’s reaction stormed social media, as the videos of Jose’s reaction did the rounds.
Mohamed Salah is lighting up Serie A. He has settled in perfectly to his new role, scoring seven times since joining Fiorentina. He even put two past Juventus. His new found form has been a focal point in the media. Salah struggled to impress Jose Mourinho, but is doing wonders for his new side. Did Jose slip up by letting him go?
Schurrle’s goal drought had been ‘eating away’ at him, but he has now ended it at Wolfsburg. He contributed to the five goals over Swansea, before moving to Wolfsburg in January. He plays alongside Kevin de Bruyne, another who did not make it at Chelsea, who is now reportedly targeted by Manchester United.
In fairness to Juan Cuadrado, Jose Mourinho makes very little in the way of alterations to his side. He knows his best eleven and tries to stick to it as much as he can. It would not be surprising if Cuadrado remains a substitute for the rest of the season.
Mourinho has said Cuadrado is adjusting to his new league; and we will see the best of Cuadrado next season. Was letting Salah go a mistake? His season is picking up, but breaking into the Chelsea midfield is going to be tricky. At 22 he needs more regular football. If Mourinho’s right, and Cuadrado can settle into the Premier League and show his talents, he could be one to watch next season. Until then, he will be just another player with a big fee who isn’t living up to what was paid for him.