Despite once going down as one of the best strikers in the world, Radamel Falcao has definitively failed to impress fans of the English game during his time spent in the Premier League.
The former River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco man was formally known as a genuine world class talent who truly knew how to do the business inside the opposition’s penalty box. He also developed a decent reputation for himself as someone who could easily send the ball home in one-on-one situations with the calmest composure possible.
However, since the Colombian international never quite managed to establish himself under Louis van Gaal at Manchester United last season, the going has only gotten tougher for Falcao.
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After subsequently starting a mere two games for Chelsea in what has so far been a drastically poor season for Jose Mourinho’s side, can the current AS Monaco loanee finally show his previous form this season, or must the Blues simply look to part ways with Radamel Falcao as early as the January transfer window?
When Mourinho first made his move for the struggling South American this summer, many expected the deal to be a possible coup for the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Falcao admittedly failed to set the world alight during his forgettable stint at Old Trafford last term, but considering the glistening reputation this man once held across the global footballing scene, Chelsea could have easily sourced themselves a real gem if things had turned out differently for the 29-year-old striker.
Yet, for a player that once proved ever so deadly on the turn, punishingly brutal with only the ‘keeper to beat, as well as someone who possessed the jumping capabilities of a salmon in and around the penalty box, it really has been strange to witness such a sheer downturn in form for Radamel Falcao in recent years.
The striker now looks oddly slow on the break, his natural striker’s instincts appear to have left him, and both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal before him have seemingly given up hope in trying to restore this striker back into the world class talent he once proved to be.
Sadly for Falcao, however, any dramatic renaissance within the striker’s overall game simply doesn’t look like it will happen any time soon. After famously being dropped to train with the U21s at Old Trafford in 2014/15, Mourinho has also failed to issue the 29-year-old with his unwavering confidence at Stamford Bridge this season.
It seems as if the long-term knee injury sustained by the Colombian two seasons ago whilst playing in France, may have well damaged Falcao’s career permanently. It was a physical complaint that unfortunately kept the striker from playing alongside his Colombian teammates at the 2014 World Cup two summers ago – and based on his subsequent form since then, the good times seemingly haven’t returned for Falcao.
Injuries are frustrating for football fans, even at the best of times, but they are nonetheless part and parcel of the game as we know it. Sometimes misfortune afflicts one of the very best talents in the world, leaving everyone else to make do without the former favourite continuing to ply his trade at the very top level.
Chelsea’s summer gamble on Radamel Falcao has ultimately backfired rather considerably. Mourinho evidently has enough on his plate to worry about at the moment in successfully maintaining his dominance down at Stamford Bridge and although Falcao could have worked wonders for the Blues this season, such an outcome now looks dramatically short of taking place in the end.
Therefore, as the MLS are reportedly after the services of the struggling Chelsea striker this January, maybe Radamel Falcao is sadly finished among the elite upper echelons of the European footballing circuit. Mourinho needs all the back-up he can get this season, so if that means Falcao must be sacrificed at Stamford Bridge this winter, then so be it.