Radamel Falcao’s appalling start to life at Chelsea suggests the Columbian is set to become the latest big-name forward to flop at Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old, who spent last season at Manchester United, has scored just once since joining on loan from Monaco in the summer.
He looks a far cry from the player that once terrorised defenders in La Liga with Atletico Madrid, and could even return to Spain with Valencia as early as January. Jose Mourinho believed he could be the one to ignite Falcao once again however, like Louis van Gaal before him, he may have just made an expensive mistake.
Falcao’s lacklustre form in front of goal has drawn comparisons with the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres who struggled during their time in the capital.
Shevchenko, widely regarded as the best forward in world football when he joined from AC Milan in 2006, failed to convince under Mourinho and stayed in the Premier League for just two seasons, scoring nine times in 48 games.
His difficulties were also experienced by Torres whose stunning form for Liverpool earned him a record £50million move in the winter of 2011.
However, the Spaniard’s poor form ultimately ensured Carlo Ancelotti and Andre Villas-Boas leave Stamford Bridge and, though he won the Champions League, 45 goals in 172 games failed to justify his hefty transfer fee.
Shevchenko and Torres were not alone in failing to fire for the Blues, with Hernan Crespo, Mateja Kezman and Adrian Mutu never able to live up to the expectations of both the pundits and the supporters. Crespo was ruthless in Serie A yet never quite hit the same heights in England, whilst the same could be said for Kezman, who could never produce his form in the Eredivisie like team-mate Arjen Robben.
Mutu was snared by Claudio Ranieri but faded after an initially bright start, and was sacked by the club after failing a drugs test in October 2004.
Even Bayern Munich legend Claudio Pizarro could not make his mark in blue colours, returning to his beloved Bundesliga after just a solitary campaign in the top-flight.
If Falcao is indeed thrust out of the exit door by Mourinho, it will confirm that the Colombian will never grace the Premier League like he did in Spain.
The number nine shirt he wears seems to be cursed, with Steve Sidwell and Khalid Boulahrouz also once occupying it. If they are successful in their pursuits of Edinson Cavani or Gonzalo Higuain, maybe Mourinho should consider giving them the vacant number 11 shirt previously worn by Didier Drogba instead. He was not too bad after all.
Who is a bigger disappointment at Chelsea - Falcao or Shevchenko?
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