Diego Simeone can revive Radamel Falcao's career

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Radamel Falcao has hardly set the world alight since his move from Manchester United to Chelsea.

In fact, it's fair to say that a player that was one of the most feared in Europe just three seasons ago is a shadow of his former self.

However, being moved from pillar to post by agents was never going to end well for the Colombian, whose first big mistake was leaving Atletico Madrid for AS Monaco.


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The Rojiblancos certainly saw the best of him and that was due in no small part to an expert tutelage by Diego Simeone, a manager that clearly knew exactly what Falcao and strike partner Diego Costa were all about.

Chelsea themselves won't want to be reminded how the number nine tore them apart in the 2012 European Super Cup.

Sadly for both player and club, Falcao has never come remotely close to hitting those heights in west London.

Although Atleti are well set in the forward department, Jackson Martinez hasn't had quite the impact hoped for and Fernando Torres won't play every game.

Simeone is the master at getting every last drop out of his players and the question whether taking a punt on his former centre-forward will pay dividends in the short and medium term, has to be asked.

Even though his old sparring partner Costa has appeared to have fallen out with Jose Mourinho, there's no chance that Falcao has a future in place of the Spaniard under the Special One.

Fitness concerns

The player is still only 29 and arguably has at least two to three years left at the very top, if a manager and a club can restore some confidence into his natural game.

All footballers rely on confidence and without it, often they are moribund in their particular role.

Even if there have been fitness concerns since his cruciate ligament injury, Falcao has never been given the chance to get going again. A few minutes here and there benefits no one.

If Simeone was given the chance to work with him again, it may take the first half-season to bring the player back into the physical condition that the manager prefers, but he has shown many times that he is willing to back his players if they give him 100 percent commitment and effort.

That's at least one thing that has never been in question with the striker.


A few wrong decisions professionally, leading to new clubs, new cultures etc. which have had a negative impact on his playing style, does not make Radamel Falcao a bad player.

Look at Neymar now to Neymar from two seasons ago having just signed for Barcelona. Poles apart.

In the right environment with the right people around him, Falcao still has the tools to prove a lot of people wrong.

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