If there is one thing you could associate with Chelsea in the Abramovich years (apart from winning trophy after trophy of course) it would be the collection of misfiring and underwhelming striking purchases. From Mutu to Shevchenko, right up to Torres, strikers have been an “obsession” for the Chelsea owner. The rise of social media trolling, memes and the popularity of the likes of ‘The Sport Bible’ et al, have meant that in the last few years, players have been under even more intense scrutiny. So the question is: Can Chelsea fans and owner really face another potential flop?
Nicknamed “The Tiger” for his ferocious power and cunning brain that finds himself in goal scoring positions, The Colombian’s past year at Manchester United could only be likened to a suburban house cat thats lost its home, waiting to be put out its misery by an onrushing Ford KA. Falcao looked vulnerable and weak towards the end of his loan stint in Manchester, a shadow of his former self. Just 4 goals in 24 Premier League games was his worst return since plying his trade in Argentina for River Plate. “It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United.” said Jose.With Drogba departing this summer and many a Premier League club lining up a move for Loic Remy, it would appear a new striker will be a priority. According to reports, Falcao is actively seeking a second chance at the Premier League and Mourinho is a long term admirer, so it looks as if it’s a when, not if situation.
It’s easy to forget that just 2 years ago Falcao was at the top of his game and was unluckily brought to his knees by injury. I am no physiotherapist or doctor but it has been mentioned on occasion that it takes around 18 months to recover fully from an ACL injury. Falcao had no where near enough game time last season for him to get back into his stride, let alone show any indication that he was fully fit. With his national team competing in the Copa America and a full pre-season under his belt there is the potential for him to hit the ground running come August.
I’m sure there will be some cynicism if this deal is to go through and understandably so. A player heading towards the end of his prime with his best years behind him isn’t normally a desirable signing but it doesn’t mean he has nothing to offer. Samuel Eto’o is a prime example, signed back in the Summer of 2013, heads were scratched but the Cameroonian notched up important goals purely through his knowhow and wealth of experience. Falcao relished playing upfront with Costa when united at Atletico Madrid. The Monaco man scored an impressive 28 goals in 34 La Liga games in the season they played together. Mourinho has flirted with playing two strikers on a few occasions since his return to Stamford Bridge and may now have the perfect opportunity to do so.
An injury to Costa is what worries me the most. A brilliant debut season which, without injury, would’ve seen him take the golden boot. But it seems as if Costa’s hamstrings are ready to snap at any moment. A sustained period of Falcao could go one of two ways and if he was also to get injured it would be up to big Dom Solanke to lead the line, quite a baptism that would be.
With huge cut wages, the desire to get back to the top and a manager that believes in him leads me to think that this could be a deal that could work. I could be wrong and I have been wrong but it’s not a bad player to have on your bench now is it…