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Is Radamel Falcao overrated?

Falcao is an out-and-out goalscorer (©GettyImages)
Falcao is an out-and-out goalscorer (©GettyImages).

Radamel Falcao: a name that strikes fear into opposing defenders.

Considered one of the best strikers in the world right now, the biggest of clubs were trying to snap up this Colombian star until he made a move to France, seemingly choosing money over glory.

It is understood that last season was Falcao's best but I believe he has had better seasons. 

Falcao is a good forward; a forward who would improve any team's squad. But he is deemed to be one of the best forwards in the world which is too far-fetched.

A traditional forward not only scores goals but gets involved in play. We have seen the likes of Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie dropping back and helping in assists and creating attacks. If you remove them from your team then it's very hard to find another player with an all-round attacking ability.

In the case of Falcao, he can be replaced by another prolific goalscorer, for example: Javier Hernandez.

If Hernandez played week in week out he'd be getting a similar goal return as Falcao but he barely starts for United as Rooney and Van Persie have more all-round ability. 

Falcao gives you goals, it's as simple as that. Nothing more, nothing less. He needs a decent midfield behind him in order to perform and the likes of Adrian, Turan and Diego are good enough to supply Falcao with good quality service.

Falcao usually plays as the out-and-out forward and barely comes back to be involved in play or defend for that matter. He may be one of the best goal-poachers around but definitely not one of the best forwards. 

Falcao's defensive contributions have been below par this season, as he averages a lowly 0.1 interceptions per game. Even for a forward's standards that is poor. He averages 0.9 key passes per game proving that he's barely involved in play and is just there for the finishing touch.

Another alarming stat is that Falcao has been dispossessed of the ball 2.8 times per game on average, which proves that his ball-holding abilities are quite bad. 

A good forward also helps assisting his team-mates and building attacks. Falcao has had just one assist all season, which shows that he barely gives the killer pass for a goalscorer. He barely crosses the ball into the box, doing it just 0.1 times per game.

He averages just 23 passes per game which is not good enough for a forward or any outfield player as they should be seeing more of the ball and become more involved in play. 

He also isn't a very versatile player as Falcao can just play one position and feels uncomfortable when playing another. The likes of Rooney can play behind the striker, on the wings and sometimes even in midfield but Falcao just sticks to one position as he isn't very good in another position. 

Falcao is a good forward but thats only due to his goals, players like Van Persie score a similar amount as him and still offer more.

Falcao is good but not amongst the elite forwards.

[Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com]

 

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