When former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid star – Radamel Falcao – was first introduced among the English top-flight back in the summer of 2014, most Manchester United fans initially believed that their club had just sourced a world class asset.
And why wouldn’t they? The Colombian international had previously been sold to AS Monaco for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of €60 million. Falcao had successfully scored goals wherever he plied his trade, and although a series of long-term injury concerns certainly hampered the striker during his time in Ligue 1, the Red Devils had seemingly sourced one of the best talents money could buy at the time.
However – as was also the case with the equally expensive, Angel Di Maria, down at Old Trafford that season – Falcao completely failed to produce the goods for Manchester United, despite routinely operating alongside the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. He was famously told to train with the U21’s due to a reported lack of fitness, and just generally failed to see eye-to-eye with Louis van Gaal during his brief spell with the club.
So then, because Jose Mourinho’s bold summer decision to gamble on the 29-year-old at Chelsea has also backfired dramatically this term – is it now fair to suggest that Radamel Falcao is completely finished within the English Premier League?
That may well be the case…
It doesn’t really matter how much money any particular club decides to throw at a certain player, there are simply no guarantees within the world of top-flight football. Falcao was certainly one of the best strikers around before making his switch to Old Trafford, but Manchester United simply glossed over the extent of his injury problems with Monaco, and therefore the possibility that he may well fail in the Premier League because of them.
The 29-year-old forward subsequently looked out of shape, off the touch, and glaringly unfit for the majority of his time in the English top-flight thanks to his previous injuries sustained in France. There were obviously question-marks surrounding Falcao’s decision to move to Monaco in the first place, yet had he not been side-lined for so long in Ligue 1, Manchester United would have likely witnessed a much better player at their club.
Having said that though, there were nonetheless a few Falcao-supporters backing the front-man and his ability to still make it in the Premier League once he parted ways with the Red Devils. This was a striker who had once been absolutely dominant in the air, his prowess in-front of goal was truly immaculate at times – and when it came to consistently producing flawless performances time and time again – pre-injury Radamel Falcao rarely used to disappoint.
So when Jose Mourinho eventually signed the Colombian international for the Blues this summer, some expected to see Falcao improve on his game at the very least at Stamford Bridge. He had just joined a title winning side after all, Mourinho was considered perhaps the best current manager in world football, and Chelsea certainly didn’t look like slowing down any time soon. The striker could seemingly get back to his best away from the spot-light as the rest of his team relieved the pressure off the front-men.
How wrong that turned out to be…Falcao’s continued downfall in the Premier League has been just one of the many problems afflicting Chelsea this season – for the players just don’t seem on the same wave-length of their manager somehow, many of the club’s ‘top’ performers have failed to turn up this campaign, and Jose Mourinho simply looks to have lost the plot one way or another.
Radamel Falcao’s performances have certainly failed to improve so far this season, potentially even making the front-man look worse in a Chelsea shirt than he ever did for Manchester United. He is however being forced to operate largely from the subs-bench without managing to earn a real chance of consistency among the starting XI.
With such an unfortunate outcome in mind for the South American front-man, it remains hard to imagine Falcao ever setting the record straight among the English top-flight. It just hasn’t happened for him in the Premier League – regardless of the lofty reputation he proudly sported upon beginning his career on these here shores.
Therefore, whilst it’s not entirely impossible for the striker to prove a success in England at some distant stage down the line, Radamel Falcao ultimately looks finished in the Premier League right in the here and now – there’s simply no other way of putting it.
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