Chelsea made their first squad improvements today as Falcao and Pato Leave Chelsea as two of the most expensive and pointless loans in the club’s history.
Both players have at their peak been regarding as one of the best players in the world but they both joined Chelsea a shadow of themselves and even when fit were unable to challenge for more than the occasional place on the bench or pity appearance in games of low importance.
The decision to loan Falcao raised eyebrows and was destined for failure from day one. Falcao had been unimpressive during a spell at Manchester United and had done little in the summer to convince fans and pundits his time at Stamford Bridge would be any different. Falcao started just one Premier League game scoring one goal and made his last appearance in April.
See Falcao’s full CFC record
Having signed Falcao on loan the powers that be doubled down by signing Alexandre Pato in January.
This was baffling as he was not fit at the time of signing and Blues fans had to wait until April to see him play. He was greeted with ironic cheers when he finally came on for his debut against Aston Villa having already banked one million pounds in wages. He failed to score or make an impact during the rest of the season making one more appearance, meaning that for those of us lucky enough to be at Villa Park we may turn to ourselves and ask “where were you when Pato scored?”
The truthful answer is we were queuing up for a beer at Villa Park, but shhhhhhh that’s between us and the footballing gods.
Falcao and Pato Leave Chelsea
Falcoa & Pato leave Chelsea and will not be missed, going down as two of the costliest loans in Blues history.
The Pato and Falcao experiments failed and cost younger attacking players a place in the squad and a chance to stake a claim for the season ahead. Whoever makes the decisions at Chelsea Football Club needs to take a look in the mirror after sanctioning those two deals.