Fernando Torres, Diego Costa, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao; we have seen an abundance of former Atletico Madrid strikers grace the Premier League in recent years and we may soon be joined by another one.
The latest striker linked with a move from the Vicente Calderon to the Premier League is Colombian international Jackson Martinez. On paper, Martinez should be a success; he's quick, strong and has an eye for goal, but as we've seen before it doesn't always work out that easily in English football.
Falcao knows better than anyone how tough it can be to adapt to the Premier League.
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Time for Falcao to cut his losses?
For one reason or another, it's not quite happened for Falcao in the Premier League. When his arrival at Manchester United was announced, the whole fan base at Old Trafford was euphoric about the acquisition.
Fast forward a few months and they were ready to write him off, such is the fickle nature of modern day football. At Chelsea, Falcao hasn't really improved upon his stagnant form at Man United; he looks to have lost a yard of pace from his Atletico days but most surprisingly, his once prolific finishing touch has deserted him.
Maybe it's time for Falcao to cut his losses and return to Spain.
Martinez would be a good short term option
Whereas Falcao looks set to be leaving the Premier League, Martinez would be hoping to set the league alight should he join January in Chelsea. In the short term, it looks like a logical transfer - Martinez isn't getting much playing time at Atletico and Chelsea are struggling to score any goals.
In the long term, however, Chelsea's ambitions must be questioned if they buy Martinez; are they really going to rebuild the squad by signing Atletico Madrid cast-offs?
Signing fringe players from Real Madrid or Barcelona is more understandable due to the high quality competition for places, but Chelsea will feel they're a bigger club than Atletico, therefore signing their reserve player doesn't send a positive statement.
One thing Martinez does have in his favour is the lack of expectation - a factor which was prevalent in Falcao's downfall. Without the pressure to perform, he has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League, even if it is for only a season.
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