It’s looking more and more likely that Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao is to be given a second chance in the Premier League with Chelsea.
The Colombian failed spectacularly during a season-long loan spell at Old Trafford from Monaco last season, which ended all hopes of him earning a permanent deal to stay at the club.
But Blues boss Jose Mourinho believes he can make Falcao great again, and reports in the Independent this afternoon claim Falcao has agreed to sign for the Premier League champions this summer.
Can Falcao revive his career at Stamford Bridge and guide Mourinho’s Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles? We booted up our copy of Football Manager 2015 to find out, and the results don’t make pretty reading for Chelsea fans.
Jose Mourinho followed up the capture of Falcao with moves for Valencia’s Jose Gaya, Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and Eugene Konoplyanka of Dnipro as he looked to continue his domestic dominance as well as finally take Chelsea all the way in the Champions League.
But it just wasn’t to be. Having lost their opening two Premier League fixtures to both Bournemouth and Norwich by 1-0 scorelines, Falcao finally got his Blues career up and running with the first goal in a 3-1 win over Watford at the end of August.
He didn’t score another league goal until the end of October in a 2-1 home win over Arsenal, which is pretty much how his season continued to pan out.
By the end of the season, Falcao had netted just eight Premier League goals from 22 outings, and found the net on 15 occasions in all competitions.
He was rotated with Diego Costa and Loic Remy, and ended the campaign as the club’s fourth highest scorer behind Juan Cuadrado (19), Diego Costa (19) and Eden Hazard (17).
The Blues were disappointing throughout the entire season as they failed to finish in the top four – coming fifth, seven points behind fourth placed Liverpool – and had only an FA Cup semi-final appearance at Wembley to shout about. Though they lost that 3-2 to Southampton, who went on to the lift the cup.
The highlight of Falcao’s season was netting a first-half hat-trick in a 4-0 FA Cup third round victory at Sunderland.
He did, rather unsurprisingly, suffer with injuries during the season. A sprained ankle picked up during pre-season left him sidelined for four weeks, and then he suffered back-to-back broken and fractured ribs in December and January that left him out for two months over a very busy festive period.
So after a rather indifferent first season at Stamford Bridge for Falcao and hugely disappointing campaign for the Blues, Jose Mourinho was shown the door by Roman Abramovich, seemingly for costing the club Champions League football for at least a season. What a nightmare!
It turned out to be a much better impact than his season at Manchester United, which perhaps suggests Mourinho was right when he claimed he could get the best out of the striker, but his teammates and injuries ultimately let him down during a season to forget in West London.
Who replaced the Special One? After a year out of the game, Jurgen Klopp returns to management to try and fix the mess left by Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. Every cloud, eh?