According to the Daily Mail, Juan Cuadrado is already being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. The former Fiorentina winger is reportedly being linked back to Serie A, with interest from Napoli, Roma and Inter Milan. The Colombian signed with Chelsea for £26 million in January, following the departure of André Schürrle to VFL Wolfsburg.
Cuadrado was an emergency signing for Chelsea, when Jose Mourinho felt that he had limited options following the departure of Schürrle and Mohamed Salah. The Colombian came to Chelsea with strong CV, as one of the most important players for Fiorentina. However, since moving to Chelsea, Cuadrado has played a bit-part role, playing in just 12 games, most of which as late substitute appearances. When the Colombian has played, he’s looked abysmal, failing to look anywhere close to Premier League ready. Minus his speed, he doesn’t really have any go-to effective part of his game, excluding his short bursts of speed. His delivery into the box is awful, and his finishing has looked nothing short of dreadful.
If Mourinho is at fault for anything during last campaign, it’s the purchase of Cuadrado. The Portuguese manager has claimed that it is simply a case of needing time to adjust, and that we won’t see his value until next season. I’m not so certain this is an accurate statement.
If I were Chelsea, I’d try and get as much back for Cuadrado as possible this offseason. His value has only diminished slightly, given his lack of exposure. If they could get anywhere in the region of £20 million for him, they should absolutely sell him. Losing only £6 million on a bad deal like that is an expensive warning, but it’s not detrimental. Should they hold onto him and Chelsea find they can’t count on him next season as well, it will cost them more money, and they’ll be stuck with a useless option off the bench.
Mourinho is known for many things. His tactics, his player management, and his expertise in the transfer market. Very rarely does he get one wrong. It seems as though Cuadrado’s purchase is one of the few mistakes in his second spell at Chelsea. Mourinho has become the top manager in the world because he’s learned from mistakes, and other managers around him. Selling Cuadrado and admitting it was a mistake is not in his nature, but it’s a necessary decision for the betterment of the club. If Mourinho is able to suck it up and sell the Colombian, he may be a better manager than we realized, possessing the ability to admit mistakes and react before it’s too late. One things for certain, if Cuadrado remains on the squad for the 2015-2016 season, Chelsea will most likely be weakened.
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