Chelsea transfers: Three reasons Jose Mourinho should keep Juan Cuadrado
Dimitri Kondonis examines why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho should persevere with Juan Cuadrado
He needs an adjustment period
The Blues shelled out a rather hefty £23.5m to bring in the Colombian winger from Fiorentina, and he has barely had any minutes on the pitch. He looked flat when he did get some rare game time, however, he hasn’t really had a chance to produce. If boss Jose Mourinho has since discovered that he isn’t the right man for the job, then it may be wise to let the pacey midfielder go. If he just hasn’t really had the chance to embed him, then maybe pre-season is the best opportunity. Cuadrado is capable of introducing goals and assists into the side, with rapid bursts down the wing. It would be ludicrous to give up on him without giving him a real chance to adjust to the Premier League.
He is a utility man
Mourinho likes his players to be capable both defensively and offensively. Cuadrado fits almost perfectly into this. Having played at right-back during parts of his career, the winger loves to attack but also has a strong ability to get back and defend when Chelsea are on the back foot. This should buy him some more time at the west London club – if not some more minutes. It will prove particularly handy if Branislav Ivanovic becomes unavailable due to injury or suspension – in which case he can slot into right-back seamlessly.
With Chelsea having just acquired Cuadrado’s compatriot Radamel Falcao, it would seem madness to discard the winger. Falcao didn’t have the most productive season in the Premier League with Manchester United after a long-term injury, however ,the theory goes that if there is any chance of getting Falcao back to the wonderful attacking threat that he can be, Mourinho stands the best chance. Likewise, keeping him in close company with a friend and an experienced team-mate seems a pretty good start in getting Falcao back to full form.