Juan Cuadrado is a Colombian football player who signed for Chelsea from Fiorentina on transfer deadline day for a fee of £27 million. It will be interesting to see how he will fit into Jose Mourinho’s plans for the second half of the season.
The South American plays in an attacking midfield position and primarily was picked to play for Fiorentina as a right midfielder.
Mourinho has kept a very similar starting line-up for Chelsea so far this season, which raises the question of where Cuadrado will fit into the starting XI.
The midfield-attacking line of three that Mourinho has preferred over the course of the season is Eden Hazard on the left, Oscar in the middle and Willian on the right.
These three players have performed so consistently this season, that Andre Schurrle and Mohammed Salah have barely had a chance to make an impact in the starting line-up which, ultimately, has lead to their departures to Wolfsburg and Fiorentina (loan) respectively.
Cuadrado is a right midfielder and will therefore have to try to outperform Willian to be a regular in Chelsea’s starting first XI. This is definitely not an easy task.
Nevertheless, Cuadrado has an impressive record for his time at Fiorentina, he has scored 20 goals in 85 Serie A appearances which is approximately one goal every four games for the Florence side.
The Colombian is very decent player, and definitely has the quality to become a regular at Chelsea and have a positive impact. But, it is extremely important that he does not become like Salah, who was initially promising when he signed for the Blues in January last year but who ended up spending most of his time this season on the bench.
Cuadrado will, in all likelihood, make some sort of appearance for Chelsea when the Blues travel to play Aston Villa.