A couple of years ago Radamel Falcao was one of the most feared strikers in world football but that reputation is in danger of being erased if he doesn’t leave Chelsea.
He wouldn’t be the first world-class striker to fail at Stamford Bridge, look no further than Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres as prime examples.
I never really thought Shevchenko was suited to the Premier League myself, he was a little too slow and he arrived in west London when he was already on the decline.
Torres had also lost a yard of pace by the time he made his big money move to the capital and confidence was an issue for both of the ‘marquee-buy’ forwards.
I’m not sure it is such a mental issue for Falcao, which is a shame as he comes from a land where confidence comes in powdered form. Although a Jose Mourinho-managed Chelsea is not the place to get caught dipping into the booger sugar – just ask Adrian Mutu.
He had a torrid time at Manchester United last season too but again I don’t necessarily think he isn’t suited to the Premier League. He wasn’t used enough by United boss Louis van Gaal, and when he was he was asked to play in a role he wasn’t really designed for – and it is the same at Chelsea.
At Atletico Madrid all he had to do was score goals, there was no dropping deep and working for the team in the way Diego Costa does. That team was built to get him the ball, knowing that chances are – he’d score.
He had awesome records at Porto and Atleti, and a decent strike rate at Monaco too but since then the goals have all but dried up. Personally, I think he moved to Monaco in the hope he’d spend a season in France and then be signed by Real Madrid, who were heavily linked with the Colombian but for obvious reasons Los Rojiblancos didn’t want to sell to their city rivals. Whether or not there were any talks or assurances from Real prior to the switch to Ligue 1, I don’t know – but that was the talk at the time.
That move failed to materialise, possibly as a result of the injury that saw him miss the 2014 World Cup, he ended up in the Premier League and has probably regretted that ever since. His future does remain up in the air, he is on loan at Chelsea until the end of the season but I can’t see the situation getting better there as long as Mourinho is in charge – that team is made for Costa, not a fox-in-the-box guy like Falcao.
A return to Monaco looks unlikely due to the cost-cutting of recent months/years after a brief period of incredible spending and they’ll be reluctant to stump up his wages again. Whether or not another English club would be keen after his struggles at Old Trafford and for Chelsea remains to be seen but he could probably still get a big move to either Spain or Italy (Valencia have been linked a few times, maybe there’s something in that?), and I hope he does because that four or five year spell at Porto and then Atleti was one hell of a ride.