Even at a new club, with a new manager and a new set of teammates, Radamel Falcao is once again failing to impress in the Premier League.
The Colombian was looking to move on from his nightmare at Manchester United with a fresh start under Jose Mourinho’s wing, but El Tigre is continuing to prove calamitous in front of goal.
Since picking up a severe injury in January 2014, Falcao has proven a shadow of the forward that took La Liga by storm during his Atletico Madrid tenure. In the space of under two years, the 29-year-old has plummeted from a Ballon d’Or candidate to the laughing stock of English football.
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In a cup fixture with Monts d’Or Azergues Foot, a lunging challenge from an opposing player saw Falcao brought to the ground in the penalty area left cradling his leg. At the time, the Colombian thought he could play on but was eventually substituted on a stretcher.
It would later be revealed how extreme the injury was, with Falcao briefly hospitalised and surgery required. A reasonably speedy recovery was hoped for but as time rumbled on so did the severity of the situation. It quickly became apparent that not only would the Santa Marta-born striker be missing the rest of the season but the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well.
Although Mourinho was keen to emphasise that Falcao was over his major crock, his farcical goal record since the incident speaks for itself.
Ever since the heartbreaking incident, Falcao has scored just seven goals in 43 appearances. Comparatively, during El Tigre’s last season with Atletico Madrid, in which he racked up 41 games, the Colombian executed an incredible 34 goals.
This spectacular slump is hard to ignore and the fact his knee injury sits at the beginning of this decline can be no coincidence. AS Monaco would not dump their big money signing on loan two years in a row for no reason, the principality side are well aware of Falcao’s nose-dive.
At both Manchester United and Chelsea, Falcao has simply not been good enough and has far from warranted the astronomical wages he is so often brandished with.
There is no doubt that seeing a footballer decline so rapidly off the back of an injury is sad, but equally, the Colombian doesn’t deserve a place at such a renowned club as Chelsea. Roman Abramovich should intervene. It isn’t acceptable that a player underperforming so regularly is hoarding so much of the club’s wage bill.
His lone goal for the Blues demonstrates the Colombian’s undercurrent of talent, after all his flying header was both acrobatic and clinical. However, Falcao’s game remains plagued by constant frustration that shows no sign of ending with his vile goal scoring record.
The plethora of teams linked with Falcao is astonishing; Chelsea and AS Monaco should be flattered that such a vast array of clubs are interested in the flopping forward.
Falcao is now with his second side in English football and as a result, neither the team nor manager can be held as excuses anymore. The Colombian simply cannot cut it in the Premier League.
Furthermore, it’s not even the league that Falcao seems to be struggling with. The fact El Tigre hasn’t scored a single goal for Colombia during 2015-16 shows his erratic shooting isn’t limited to his domestic game, not to mention his diabolical showing at Copa America.
When you realise how common and underlying Falcao’s decline is, it becomes hard to escape that his severe knee injury is to blame.
Whether it is the fear of a repercussion or a subsequent decline in mobility, the crock has gone to extreme lengths to strip Falcao of his undoubted talents.
Such a monumental decline from one of the planet’s most feared strikers must be attributed to his 2014 injury. As sad as it is, that single tackle seems to have dragged Falcao’s career through the dirt and reduced him to a forgotten squad member skulking in the shadows of Stamford Bridge.
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