After a frustrating season in the Premier League Radamel Falcao looked like never playing in England again and was sent back to Monaco licking his wounds.However in a shock turn of events it looks like the Colombian is having another crack at the whip and has swapped the red of Manchester for the blue of West London.
A shadow of his former self, it took a lot for Falcao to commit to another season in England, when a much easier, and probably more lucrative offer from clubs like PSG would have been on the table. But what exactly can he bring to the table?
In a squad boasting an attack line that scored over 50 goals between them it may be seen Falcao struggles to get a look in, considering he was very much so out of favour in a less potent Manchester United strike force.
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29 year old Falcao managed only 4 goals in 26 games for Manchester United and often looked groggy and unfit in the Premier League, however United fans will tell you this didn't stop him from putting effort in. Which may be Mourinho's main attraction to the misfiring Colombian.
A damaging season for one of world football's most potent strikers in his day, the man who scored more 93 goals in 119 games in his prime had managed less than one in five and looked like he had never fully recovered from that awful knee injury that kept him out of last summer's World Cup.
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Jose Mourinho and Falcao share the same agent in Jorge Mendes which is rumoured to be the main reason as to why the player has got a move to the Premier League champions. Plagued with injury the Premier League just doesn't seem to suit him. And in reality, Chelsea have signed another Diego Costa, only three years older and much more unfit.
Falcao does offer more power up front and could take the pressure off Costa as a lone striker, being used much like Drogba was this season. But a battering ram isn't how Falcao likes to be used. The focus on team strength rather than individuals is high priority for Mourinho's teams and will be something the Colombian has to get used to.
He can however, benefit from a much more unified team. Van Gaal's United took a long time to , and are arguably still, finding out what kind of side they are. Falcao being thrown into this uncertainty didn't help his chances of consistent football.
Bad timing may be a feeble excuse for a bad season as Falcao just looked out of place at Old Trafford and struggled massively with the physicality of the Premier League, however it has to have played at part.
Falcao's deadline day deal came out of nowhere last season and the player never really got a chance to fully recover from his injury, which is a stark contrast to the time he's had playing for Colombia now as the striker really has a chance to recuperate before the season begins.
Much speculation will be building around the new beginnings for Radamel Falcao as we thought we'd seen the last of him in the Premier League. Can he rediscover his form? Or will he further slip into the bracket of top players who couldn't cut it in England?
It's all down to the player and his manager now. Mourinho is often hailed for his shrewd deals in the transfer market and it could be another one that we will be waxing lyrical about come Christmas time.
On the other hand it could be another season of rare and anonymous appearances for Falcao, as current benchwarmer and fellow Colombian Juan Cuadrado needs someone to keep him company on the sidelines.
Can Radamel Falcao get back to his best this season?
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