Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is a dying-breed of old fashioned No.9s and will be treasured at Old Trafford as long as he can stay fit, according to Red Devils favourite Andy Cole.
Speaking in an interview with his old club's official website, the former front-man backed the Colombian marksman to be a prolific goalscorer, providing he avoids any further problems after recovering from the long-term injury that kept him out for the majority of last season.
Falcao missed the World Cup in Brazil after suffering a serious knee injury at the start of the year, but after making his comeback for AS Monaco in pre-season Louis van Gaal took a gamble on the South American, paying £6 million to bring him to the Premier League on an initial season-long loan.
The deal is expected to pay dividends for Manchester United along with the British record transfer of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid, and Cole says there have already been some signs of the attacking threat that Falcao will present.
Andy Cole on Falcao:
"Of course, he had a bad injury with his cruciate [knee ligament] and it's a case of getting yourself back up to match speed," he explained. "[But] there were flashes the other day at Leicester and everyone knows what a quality player he is.
"He will score goals at this level because he's a quality player. Fingers crossed, he'll stay away from injuries and do very well for Manchester United."
Cole added: "For me personally, when I look at him, I see an old-fashioned centre-forward. He wants to get into the box and score goals. He is very brave. You don't see a lot of that any more in the game. It's why he went to Monaco in the first place for £50million. He gives you a hell of a lot of goals."
Return to fitness
The 28-year-old is slowly working his way back to full match fitness, and came within a crossbar of opening his account for Manchester United during the 5-3 defeat at the King Power Stadium last Sunday.
Cole is sure that it's only a matter of time before Falcao bags his first goal for the club, and tipped the talisman to become a popular figure amongst the passionate Red Devils supporters.
"I wouldn't say there are others like him out there. The old-fashioned no.9 is a dying breed. There are not many out-and-out goalscorers who want to run into the box to score goals.
"So I think they are a dying breed. When you do have someone like Falcao, if he does score goals, he will be treasured here.
"It's a case of gradually easing him into it as he's been out for a long time and going from there."
Man Utd v West Ham
With a home match against West Ham United this weekend it's the perfect opportunity for Manchester United to get back to winning ways, having won only one of the six games they've played so far this season, which was an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers in their previous encounter at Old Trafford.
Sam Allardyce's side come in to the game off the back of an impressive 3-1 victory over last season's runners-up Liverpool, and so will prove no easy challenge for the underachieving Red Devils on Saturday.
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