Five reasons why Radamel Falcao is a gamble for Chelsea
Jonathan Hogan suggest five reasons why Chelsea's signing of Radamel Falcao is a gamble
There goes the money
Sure, Chelsea aren’t forking out the £50m to take Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco to Stamford Bridge on a permanent deal, that would be madness based on the past 18 months, but it is another significant add-on to the wage bill. Manchester United took a hit of £265,000-a-week last year and it didn’t work out, if similar money is involved this time around, it must be considered a gamble on a man who managed just four goals for the Red Devils.
The injured one
The Colombian has not looked the same since suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in January 2014. At United, he never really looked fit and suffered a series of knocks which continually halted any momentum towards a return to a man worthy of that permanent investment. If Chelsea’s gamble is to pay-off, he must get fit and to do that he’ll surely need a decent run of games under his belt. To give him that chance at the forefront of the Chelsea attack would at this point seems a risky move in-itself.
Torres. Every fan of the Premier League remembers Fernando Torres, the Spaniard who tore defences apart with blistering pace in the red of Liverpool before his£50m move to Chelsea. Like Torres, Falcao looks like a shadow of his former self. Even for Colombia at this summer’s Copa America, he failed to impress and found himself on the bench – that could prove quite ominous for Chelsea fans. They can probably afford another Torres scenario but it wouldn’t be ideal, particularly if it meant surrendering of the Premier League crown come the end of it.
The Costa solution
Chelsea already have a star forward in the guise of Diego Costa, who managed 20 goals in 26 Premier League games last term, but he and Falcao have played together before at Atletico Madrid. While Mourinho has tended to favour the lone striker approach, his thinking could be that the pair might just bring out the best in the each other. It also provides some competition for Costa following the departure of Didier Drogba while.
A special gamble
Jose Mourinho has been open about his admiration of Falcao and his desire to help the South American return to the form that made him one of Europe’s top marksmen. The Special One expressed regret that the Falcao fans seen in England last season was far from the one he admires, and far from the man who demolished Chelsea with a hat-trick in the 2012 Europa League final. There’s a belief from the Blues boss that the talent is still there, but if Mourinho cannot bring a spark back to Falcao’s game, he could end up looking a tad less special himself.