Ray Wilkins hopes Juan Cuadrado can bring flair to Chelsea side

Ray Wilkins backs Juan Cuadrado to shine for Chelsea

Ray Wilkins says that he hopes Juan Cuadrado will bring his good form from Serie A and the World Cup to Chelsea.

The 26-year-old joined the Blues in a £23.3m deal on transfer deadline day, with Mohammed Salah going to Fiorentina on loan as part of the deal.

The Colombian, who has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, has been a pivotal part of the Viola since signing from Udinese in 2012, scoring 20 goals.

“Cuadrado was outstanding in the World Cup for Colombia and he’s been outstanding for Fiorentina,” former Chelsea midfielder Wilkins told talkSPORT.

“Hopefully he can bring that flair to a Chelsea side which is showing some good form this year.”

Cuadrado was one of the stars of the Colombia side that reached the quarterfinals of last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The winger’s pace and ability to take on opponents led to him scoring one goal and providing four assists in Colombia’s five matches in the tournament.

Cuadrado’s performances at the World Cup caught the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs and he was linked with Blues throughout the January transfer window.

His transfer from Italy to the Premier League was finally completed after Chelsea sold Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg on Monday.

Cuadrado is expected to be in the squad that travels to Aston Villa on Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s side look to maintain their push for the league title.

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