Juan Cuadrado will come good at Chelsea and will be a key player next season, according to Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
The Colombia international signed for the Londoners in a deadline-beating winter deal having impressed with Fiorentina in Italy’s top tier.
But despite his billing, Cuadrado has made a minimal impact at Stamford Bridge, and is yet to score or assist a goal for his new side.
His form has been further magnified by Mohamed Salah – who went to Fiorentina as part of the deal – with the Egyptian having found the net four times in Serie A action and adapted well to life in Florence.
However, Mourinho is adamant that he has full faith in his £23m signing and that once he’s adapted to the Premier League, he’ll be a big player for the club:
“I just know that it is different to play in Italy than to play in England.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
“It is different to play in Fiorentina than it is to play in Chelsea.
“A player needs time and I am ready to give him time and the club is ready to give him time.
“And it looks like he is ready to take this time.
“I really believe that next season he can have a fantastic season,
“No problem with Cuadrado – he will have his time – step by step he will have his time.”
Cuadrado represented Colombia at last summer’s World Cup, and was praised for his lightening speed and quick feet.