Diego Forlan: Why Radamel Falcao could struggle at Chelsea
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan reckons Radamel Falcao could struggle at Chelsea
Diego Forlan believes Radamel Falcao will struggle at Chelsea.
The 29-year-old forward moved to the Premier League champions from Ligue 1 side Monaco on a season-long loan earlier this summer after months of speculation linking the South American with a move to Chelsea.
Even when Falcao was back among friends in the environment he likes best playing for Colombia, he had a disappointing Copa America
Falcao, who came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Arsenal in Community Shield on Sunday, scored just four goals in 26 top-flight games during his loan spell at Manchester United last season.
The Chelsea striker linked up with his Colombia team-mates for the Copa America this summer, but Falcao couldn’t rediscover his goal-scoring touch as he failed to score in the competition.
And Forlan is most alarmed by the former Atletico Madrid’s struggles with his national team.
“Radamel Falcao saw how hard it can be and he struggled at United, but can he get back to his best under Mourinho? That’s going to be one of the most interesting things to see,” Forlan wrote in The National.
“While I can see sense in signing Falcao, the signs haven’t looked good. Even when Falcao was back among friends in the environment he likes best playing for Colombia, he had a disappointing Copa America. I hope he comes good again in London and we see the Falcao of old.”
Forlan scored 17 goals in 98 games for United during a four-year spell at Old Trafford.
Falcao, meanwhile, netted 52 times in 68 games for Atletico Madrid before he joined Monaco in 2013.