New Chelsea loan signing Radamel Falcao has backed struggling compatriot Juan Cuadrado to become a success at Stamford Bridge this season after the midfielder endured a difficult start to life in the Premier League last year.
The Blues signed 27-year-old Cuadrado from Fiorentina for £23 million during last season’s January transfer window, and while Jose Mourinho’s side went on to lift a first Premier League title since 2010, the Colombia international failed to impress during his initial six months at the club, failing to register a single goal or assist.
While Mourinho is willing to see the player leave west London if he is able to recoup the money he originally spent on him, Falcao is convinced that his new teammate will come good if given the time.
“Juan is a happy person with very good qualities and skills and he only needs time to grow in this club and be important, like he was when playing in Italy,” Falcao told Chelsea’s official website.
“He is a fantastic player and everybody supports him because all the players and coaches know about his quality.
“He is so quick over a few metres and I think this season will be a good one for him.”
Chelsea recently succumbed to a 4-2 pre-season friendly defeat against the New York Red Bulls, with new signing Asmir Begovic conceding all four goals when brought on for the second half.