Now that Monaco forward Radamel Falcao has officially completed his loan move to Chelsea, one is poised to question which Falcao will show up at Stamford Bridge.
In 2012, where Falcao scored a hat-trick against Chelsea to lift the UEFA Super Cup, the idea of the Colombian joining the Blues was welcome openly by fans.
Fast forward almost three years and Falcao is coming off his worst season in years – or arguably his whole career. Injury woes have plagued the once dominant striker from last year, to the point where he couldn’t even appear for his country at the World Cup.
Falcao appeared to be a shell of his former self while at loan to Manchester United, much to the disappointment of Reds fans and Premier League fans alike, who spent years wondering what Falcao could do in England.
While a number of Blues fans appear hopeful that José Mourinho can once again show why he’s the ‘Special One’ by resurrecting the Falcao of old, it appears too big of a task for some. Comparing the Falcao that struck fear into the hearts of Europe’s defenders to a striker that scored 4 goals in 29 appearances on a top four team seems almost unfair.
At 29 years of age, it appears that the striker is running out of time to get back to a form comparable to 3 years ago. If Falcao is unable to at least return to the form he showed at Monaco, scoring 11 goals in 20 appearances, his salary of £260,000 a week is likely to create further animosity amongst fans, furthermore so while young forwards Patrick Bamford and Dominic Solanke struggle to make the bench.
With Mourinho showing belief in the downtrodden striker, only time will tell if the right Falcao will show up next season.