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Negativity around Radamel Falcao's Chelsea transfer is unwarranted

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Chelsea's signing of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from AS Monaco has attracted mixed responses.

While many supporters are delighted with the signing, others have expressed their surprise that the Blues have signed a striker who netted only four times in 29 appearances for Manchester United last season.

However, it is important for Chelsea fans to keep perspective. This is a player who scored comfortably over 30 goals in all competitions in every one of his five seasons at FC Porto and Atlético Madrid.

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TOUGH TIMES

Since joining Monaco from the latter in 2013, the Colombian has been hampered by injury and a loss of form. He missed last year's World Cup after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage and reportedly endured a fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal during his failed stint at the club.

If Falcao were the only world renowned striker on Chelsea's books, then signing him would have been a gamble, despite reports that he has cut his £265 000-a-week wages by more than half.

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

However, the club also have a proven Premier League striker in Diego Costa, Falcao's former Atlético Madrid teammate, on their books.

Costa scored 20 goals in 26 Premier League games last season and his form forced Chelsea legend Didier Drogba to leave the club in search of first team football.

As a result, Falcao has effectively been brought in to replace the Ivorian - who spent most of last season behind Costa and Loic Rémy in the pecking order and - like Falcao - only scored four Premier League goals.

GREAT POTENTIAL

The worst that could come out of this deal is a scenario in which Falcao - who at 29 is eight years younger than Drogba - flops and ends up as a direct replacement for their outgoing third choice striker.

The best possible outcome would be Falcao replicating his Atlético Madrid form and once again forcing Costa to play second fiddle.

Chelsea, who two years ago had the misfiring Fernando Torres and Demba Ba to choose from upfront, now have two of the most feared strikers in world football.

And if there is one man who knows how to get Falcao firing, it is José Mourinho.

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