Despite leaving Stamford Bridge being brandished as one of the club’s worst recent signings, Juan Cuadrado has experienced something of a renaissance upon returning to Italy. A loan spell at Juventus seems to have reinvigorated the Colombian.
Moreover, with ex-Juventus manager Antonio Conte looking set to take over the reins at Chelsea next season, Cuadrado may have an avenue back to west London.
After all, given the 27-year-old’s current form; it seems logical for the Blues to give him a second chance. Besides, the club’s inevitable Champions League absence leaves them far from a position to be fussy.
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Chelsea should try their upmost to recapture Cuadrado before he leaves on a permanent basis.
Having sported the Fiorentina jersey for three years as well as spells at Udinese and Lecce, it’s fair to say Cuadrado is well accustomed to Serie A. This has certainly been apparent upon being sent out on loan to Juventus in 2015-16.
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The Colombian possesses four goals and five assists this term, playing a vital role in Juventus’ upturn after a stagnant start.
With his electric pace, brimming arsenal of skills and unpredictability, Cuadrado has been a nuisance for Serie A defences all season long. Furthermore, he looks on course to be leaving the club with a league medal to his name.
The 27-year-old simply looks a different player to the one that struggled so spectacularly at Stamford Bridge.
Despite his previous difficulties in the Premier League, such superb performances in Italy should certainly see ears perk up at Chelsea.
Furthermore, it must be acknowledged that Jose Mourinho was in charge for the entirety of Cuadrado’s stay in the Premier League. Players such as Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic have vastly improved since his departure and Cuadrado may follow suit.
The 27-year-old could work well under the wing of Conte and may not have suited the playing style of the ‘Special One’. After all, Cuadrado and Conte both share histories with Juventus so this may also prove beneficial.
In addition, according to the Guardian, Conte was keen to capture the signature of the Colombian in 2014 so is clearly a fan. Consequently, the Italian national team manager could distill a newfound confidence in the winger.
Chelsea have struggled with wide men this season also with Willian and Kenedy proving perhaps the only successes on the club’s flanks in 2015-16. Eden Hazard is a prominent example of a winger who has nose-dived recently and the Belgian is heavily linked to a move away from west London.
Therefore, a winger proves perhaps the most desired position for Chelsea to enhance and with Cuadrado still under contract with them; he appears not only an easy option but a logical one.
While there is far from a guarantee that Cuadrado will make it second time lucky in the Premier League, there is certainly enough reasoning for Chelsea to at least hand him the chance.
Especially considering the likely arrival of Conte, the Blues should fight to return him to London. If not, the club faces losing an undoubtedly talented midfielder and a considerable pile of currency off the original £23 million they invested on the player in 2015.
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