Radamel Falcao to Chelsea (Telegraph)
Radamel Falcao, is reportedly desperate to secure a move to Chelsea, and is willing to reduce his wage demands in order to make a move possible. The Colombian was one of the world’s top strikers only a few seasons ago, and it has been quite amazing (Dare I say Torres-like?) to witness his decline.
Once nicknamed El Tigre, it would not be unfair to say he has become a laughing stock during his short tenure at Old Trafford. Netting only four goals, he was undoubtedly one of the flops of the season, particularly given the astronomical wages United were forced to pay him. Indeed it is testament to how poor Falcao has been that the decline of Van Persie has seemingly gone under the radar.
Thus the link with a move to Chelsea is strange to say the least. Chelsea ran away with the league this year, with Diego Costa netting 20 goals in the process. Whilst Drogba has confirmed his departure, and with the possibility that Remy may look for first team football next season, it is apparent Chelsea will need to reinforce our striking options once again.
Chelsea are very fortunate in that we have two young English stars in Dominic Solanke and Patrick Bamford, the latter having won the Championship’s Player of The Year award. Mourinho has been making positive noises about the future of the young players at the club this season, and it seems a no brainer that for a third striker, Bamford would be a perfect fit, especially given that he helps us fulfill our quota for English players.
Of course on the other side of the coin, there can be no doubt at all that Falcao was, at one point in his career, one of the top strikers in world football. It’s also no doubt at all that some players can suffer difficult debut seasons in the Premier League, regardless of their qualities. Manchester United were an unsteady ship during the 2014/15 season, with Van Gaal’s tactical tinkering obviously not helping Falcao find his form.
Whilst Falcao has reportedly agreed to take a huge pay cut in order to join Chelsea, I still believe we need to avoid wasting time and money on a player who is clearly not the same since an ACL injury that ruled him out for half a year. We saw (Quite painfully at times) with Fernando Torres, that a bad injury can be devastating to a player, and it’s very easy to see Falcao struggle to rediscover his old self.
Admittedly if there was anyone who could conjure the old Falcao back, it would be Jose Mourinho. Unfortunately I still feel that if Chelsea are going to progress as a club, we must bring in players of the calibre required to help us seriously challenge for the Champions League, and help cement our place as the top club in England. For me, Falcao simply isn’t that player.