The Londoners snapped up the Colombian wide-man after a period of tough negotiations with Italian side Fiorentina, eventually paying a fee of close to £24m while allowing Mohamed Salah to move to Florence on loan for the rest of the season.
With Jose Mourinho’s side comfortably top of the Premier League with the season now well past it’s midway point, Cuadrado is widely seen as a minor addition from the ‘Special One’ as he looks to keep reigning champions Manchester City at bay.
Although the South American has impressed in Serie A and shone at the World Cup last year – he notched four assists in Brazil – Scholes has warned the flying winger that he will need to produce the goods at Stamford Bridge or risk being shipped out:
“Looking at his stats, I’m not sure that over the course of his career he is an outstanding goalscorer or maker of assists.” He wrote in his column for The Independent.
“A bit like Willian, he is one of those players who does not have the big numbers but he still manages to impress you with what he does.
“What is clear at Chelsea, however, is that if you do not perform you do not last long in the squad.”
Scholes’ claims are backed up by Mourinho’s ruthless approach to offloading players, with Andre Schurrle having joined the likes of David Luiz, Juan Mata and Frank Lampard in being let go since his return to Chelsea.