Chelsea have today confirmed that a deal to bring Radamel Falcao to the club has been completed.
The Colombian striker will join the Premier League Champions on a season long loan from current club AS Monaco.
This follows Manchester United’s decision not to extend his stay at Old Trafford after he failed to make a significant impact in his time there during the 2014/2015 season.
Confirmation of the move concludes a deal that came to the attention of the footballing world weeks ago. When news broke that the two parties were in negotiations over a move for the player, many accepted that Chelsea would get what they wanted, as they so often do in the transfer market.
The former Monaco, Atletico Madrid and Porto striker will be eager to rediscover the form that earned him the label of being one of the world’s top strikers during his time at previous clubs.
Having failed to live up to the high expectations he carried into his time in Manchester, it will be interesting to see whether the world stars of Chelsea can get the best out of him.
Jose Mourinho, if anyone, poses as the best hope of helping the striker get back to his best. The ‘special one’ will be key in boosting the confidence of the player, which appears to have gone missing of late.
The family environment that Mourinho remains keen to incorporate at Stamford Bridge could prove to be important in making Falcao feel wanted. This, in itself, could go a long way towards improving his performances on the pitch after his time at Manchester United exposed a lack of support from Louis Van Gaal, contributing to his inability to impress.
Though he will undoubtedly stand behind Diego Costa in the pecking order, he will certainly be given his chance and will benefit from having the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas around him. The Chelsea playmakers offer greater creativity and conviction in the final third than the services of Juan Mata and even Wayne Rooney at United.
The counter-attacking abilities of Chelsea will suit Falcao with the tendency for Hazard and Willian to drive forward with the ball resulting in Falcao’s presence in an around the box being much more necessary than during his time under Van Gaal.
He can take optimism from the fact that he will find himself in possession of the ball on more occasions at Chelsea which will prevent him from being isolated.
Ultimately, Chelsea acts as a logical fit for Falcao due to alternative tactical options Mourinho is capable of using. The striker can be a vocal point of the set up by using width in the form of Hazard and Cuadrado to put more crosses in the box, much to the liking of such an impressive aerial threat in Falcao.
Likewise, the interchanging between the three attacking midfielders and the striker in Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 formation allows for Falcao to drop deeper and play as a technician by bringing others into play, while it also allows for him to get into the box to finish off moves.
Overall, the signing reiterates Chelsea’s dominance in terms of the supreme strength in depth that makes them title favourites once again.