Falcao to Chelsea: Hopeful Gamble or Sound Investment?

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Chelsea fans had long been hoping to see Radamel Falcao in the blue jersey. But this was before his knee injury and much before his Old Trafford disaster. Those were the times when Falcao scored a devastating hat-trick against the then European Champions and helped Atletico win the Super Cup. 

Now, when Chelsea finally got Falcao to the Bridge, it was not a very well received signing. The wounds of the Torres debacle are still fresh and any big name signing is still met with skepticism by the Blue Army.

Mind you, Chelsea have been fairly unlucky with their main signings - not the loan farming players, but the main team ones. For every Ashley Cole, they've had a Scott Sinclair; for every Didier Drogba, a Fernando Torres, for every Eden Hazard, a Marko Marin. 


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Having Falcao in the team on loan does ease the nerves a bit but it does not satisfy the mind. Why get a player who is seemingly done and dusted into a Champion Squad? 

Is it simply Mourinho's arrogance? His hidden desire to excel at something even his Mentor failed at? Maybe his way to prove to United what they missed out on when they supposedly snubbed him?

Or is it a master stroke, that we would realize half way through the season?

Diego Costa and Loic Remy were a pretty good partnership last season, albeit a little fragile. Young Patrick Bamford could have been used as the third back-up striker, to replace the out-going Drogba. Maybe even snap up someone like Charlie Austin if Mou has his doubts over Remy.

But surely Mourinho knows what he's doing. This is a man with league titles in four different major divisions and two European titles under his belt. 

Costa came to the club last year, with a lot of doubts about him - Was he a one season wonder, could he cope up with the PL? He did, with flying colours actually.

But who else came with Costa? A certain Filipe Luis. The Brazilian not only added depth to the Chelsea squad, but also helped ease the non-English speaking Costa gel with the Blue squad. 

So how does this relate to Falcao? 

Roll back to January, and a high profile transfer yet to show results: Juan Cuadrado. 

This seems too far fetched though. You won't expect a PL Manager to somewhat waste a squad place to aid another squad player gel in - this assuming Willian would be over Cuadrado in the pecking order. Or maybe it's plain commerce.

Falcao remains a superstar - in South America and much of the footballing world still. 

The current crop of Chelsea players lacks that. Hazard still isn't a global star, John Terry has too many skeletons to have remained at that level. All others are very good footballers, but still not on the Sergio Aguero - Torres marketability level. 

So is signing Falcao just a shirt selling gimmick? 

Jorge Mendes has certainly pleased his former cash cow Falcao by getting him into one of Europe's top team, but would it do good to either of the two parties involved?

Maybe this is Chelsea's way of pleasing Mendes. He does represent the absolute best of players, and Manchester United might not be top of his business list since they refused to sign the Columbian permanently.

Falcao seems highly unlikely to replicate Costa's run at Chelsea. Plus, his game is entirely different. Playing him on the wings instead of someone like Willian or even a possibly-delivering Cuadrado would be a downgrade. 

Adding Falcao to the Blues gives nothing new or proper to the team technically. He has lost the pace, his link up is not better than the riches of Chelsea forwards, and he can no longer compete with Costa or even Remy at poaching goals. 

He could very well score a few goals and resurrect his iconic status as one of the best strikers of his age, or he could fade away entirely with another dim season.

Bringing the Colombian on seems a hopeful gamble by the club. If it pays off, the club gains and Mou gets another feather. If he fails, it was only a loan and Jorge Mendes can find a new rich home for El Tigre. The MLS perhaps. 

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