Chelsea striker to leave this summer a rich man with a "broken" reputation - Roma are calling!
Radamel Falcao is a striker that many of us admired from afar for a few years. Chelsea fans will...
Radamel Falcao is a striker that many of us admired from afar for a few years. Chelsea fans will hate to admit it but he absolutely destroyed us in the UEFA Super Cup Final scoring FOUR goals. He came to this country and an horrific knee injury looking to rebuild his career but leaves two years later with his reputation in tatters but £22 million richer!
I have to admit that I remain a Falcao fan and have always been someone that believes in the saying "form is temporary, class is permanent". The problem with his situation these past two seasons is that he has come to the wrong League and to the wrong clubs to rebuild his career and reputation. If he wanted to get back to being as good as he was he should have looked to a League that isn't as strong or as demanding than the Premier League.
Anyone who has had a serious injury (which kept him out of the World Cup two years ago which is important to remember) needs a regular run of games to get a feel for things again, to get back into a rhythm and to get match-fit which is very different from just being fit. Most importantly of all, they need to get their confidence back and the goals should then come as we have seen throughout the years:
2009-2011 - FC Porto - 51 appearances, 41 goals.
2011-2013 - Atletico Madrid - 68 appearances, 52 goals.
2013 - Monaco - 20 appearances, 11 goals.
2014 - 2015 - Manchester United - 26 appearances, 4 goals
2015 - 2016 - Chelsea - 10 appearances, 1 goal.
**Appearances include as a substitute**
So to Antonio Conte coming in as Chelsea Manager next season and it seems that he has made it clear to the Colombian striker that he has no future beyond the summer at Stamford Bridge which is fair enough and if we are honest, what we have come to expect based on the last two years.
It seems that his destination will be Italy and to Roma where hopefully, he will get what he needs at the age of 30 which is regular first team football. I have little doubt as a result he will make a real success of things out there.
At least he has his £22 million!