Radamel Falcao, 29, has signed a one-year loan deal with the Chelsea in a bid to revive his career.
Manchester United’s loan deal with Falcao last summer came with high expectations as well as an agreement a massive £300,000-a-week in wages.
Prior to the loan, he struggled during his time in France with Monaco, and a serious knee injury hindered his participation in the 2014 World Cup.
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The injury seemed to change Falcao - and in his recent spell at United he was a shadow of his former self - the Falcao who scored 62 goals in 72 games for FC Porto and 68 goals in 86 games for Atletico Madrid earning him praise as the world’s best striker.
Of course, people often say that “class is permanent”, and it would be harsh to conclude that such a good striker still at 29 is unable to lead the line at the highest level.
It was clear to see that Falcao didn’t blend in well with how Louis van Gaal wanted to play. Falcao was still affected by the knee injury and was often isolated up front as a lone striker against the big centre-halves in the Premier League.
He had trouble finding his positions, and when he did, his composure let him down in front of goal. He experienced a new low, when the United manager demoted the striker to the Under-21 team. Falcao scored four goals in 29 appearances for Manchester United.
Rise of the fallen?
Some people fail to recognise Falcao’s decision to stay in England. Among the sceptics is Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who believes Falcao is destined for a new nightmare on the bench.
Sky Sports News HQ quoted him saying: "He’s going to find himself on the bench an awful lot next year.”
However, it must be said that Redknapp believes Chelsea have struck a good deal by signing a striker of Falcao’s reputation, who will be content with playing second fiddle to Diego Costa. they needed another striker, and they went out and got him.
The big question will be how José Mourinho plans to get the best out of him and whether Falcao can rediscover his confidence and defy his critics to challenge Diego Costa for the spot up front.
He certainly has the ability and experience, but when he isn’t at full fitness and not playing enough, his confidence takes a blow, which affects his performances greatly, when he is finally called into action.
This time, Falcao is in a completely different team, and he will be given the tools for success and a manager who knows exactly where each player fits into his master plan.
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