Juan Cuadrado’s versatility big plus, says Chelsea legend
Pat Nevin runs the rule on Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado
Pat Nevin is delighted with Chelsea’s signing of Juan Cuadrado after the Colombian completed his transfer on deadline day.
The 26-year-old joined Jose Mourinho’s side from Fiorentina for £23.3m, with Mohammed Salah joining the Italian side on loan as part of the deal.
The transfer was aided by Andre Schurrle’s departure to Wolfsburg as Chelsea aim to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Cuadrado, who signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the club, performed exceptionally during his time with La Viola, scoring 20 goals.
Nevin says the forward has joined Chelsea at the right time in his career after a brilliant showing for Colombia at last summer’s World Cup.
“There are plenty of reasons to be happy and another is the new signing Juan Cuadrado who has arrived from Fiorentina,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.
“He had a superb World Cup, particularly with assists for his Colombian national side over in Brazil and this is a dream move for him just as he reaches the peak of his career.”
Cuadrado scored one goal and provided four assists as Colombia reached the quarter-finals in Brazil.
Along with James Rodriguez, he was consistently at the heart of his side’s attacks as he dazzled past his opponents along the flanks.
Nevin was quick to credit the winger’s ability to play in a variety of positions, adding: “His versatility is a big selling point along with his pace.
“Yes he can play on the wing, or more specifically as an attacking wide midfielder, but a stint at wing-back or even full-back are both well within his scope if needed.
“He is a timely little boost to our Champions League push knowing that he gives a slightly different option to the departing Andre Schurrle and loaned-out Mohamed Salah.”
Cuadrado’s availability in the Champions League is a big boost for Chelsea’s round-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain as they look to win their third European title in four years.