Chelsea: Can Radamel Falcao Revive the Chelsea Attack?

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

Chelsea are used to employing star strikers.

Although Didier Drogba fired Roberto Di Matteo's side to European greatness with one calculated sweep in Munich, Roman Abramovich hasn't spent his money wisely across his nine-year era at the club.

Drogba's fairytale legacy is unique at Stamford Bridge. The tenures of Adrian Mutu, Mateja Kezman, Andriy Shevchenko and Nicolas Anelka have indicated top footballing talents don't always adapt to life in Greater London.

The current form of Fernando Torres confirms it.

Press all over the world are getting excited by the prospect of Radamel Falcao linking up with the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar.

Atletico Madrid's prolific Colombian almost joined the Blues before heading to Spain. His time in La Liga has been ridiculously successful. In 10 appearances this season he has netted 10 goals. He scored 36 goals in all competitions last year, earning praise that is likely to initiate a fierce bidding war in the near future.

Rumours at the beginning of November suggested Roman Abramovich isn't willing to pay the striker's £46 million release clause (via The Daily Mirror). In the wake of Fernando Torres' £50 million flop this might be true.

If Manchester City prepare a bid for the player, is Abramovich going to concede his financial muscle isn't as ridiculous as it once was? I can't see that happening.

Roberto Mancini is rumoured to be interested in luring Falcao to the Etihad (via The Daily Mail).

Chelsea could deal the Premier League champions another psychological blow if they snap the forward up. Mancini has already lost the battle for one world class striker this year. Robin van Persie's transfer to rivals Manchester United frustrated the Italian manager throughout the summer (via The Guardian).

Falcao certainly seems open to joining the Stamford Bridge side. He recently confirmed his interest in signing for the English club (via The Daily Mail):

Chelsea are champions of Europe and there is not much more to say than that. Even after winning the Champions League they still go and sign players of the highest quality. Their ambition is clear.

I would not be worried about the physical aspect of the Premier League. I have scored goals in Argentina, Portugal and now Spain. I am confident I can adapt my game to any league. I would welcome the challenge of the Premier League.

I was also a big fan of Giafranco Zola when I was growing up. I have watched the Premier League for a long time. There is so much quality and it is such an exciting league. Of course it is nice to think I might play in it.

The striker's potential arrival would shake Chelsea up considerably. Most believe his presence would signal the end for Torres. I believe the two could work together excellently.

Torres has worked extremely hard for his team this season. Although he isn't netting as regularly as needed, it would be unfair to suggest he hasn't improved.

Drogba's exit signaled the opportunity for Torres to gain some confidence as the club's only hitman. That hasn't quite happened, so it's time for Di Matteo to look at an alternate way of returning the Spaniard to the form his career was built on.


The manager is crying out for another world class talent. His midfield is jam-packed with extraordinary talents—but this is becoming a burden for the team. As we saw in the recent fixture against Liverpool, if Juan Mata and Eden Hazard don't perform, Chelsea struggle for ideas.

Roberto Di Matteo's preferred formation isn't going to outlast all tests this season. He needs to secure extra firepower before the European champions lose their grip on all major competitions.

It's so easy to write Torres off.

If Falcao secures a deal with Abramovich, do you think Chelsea fans will be worried about the Spaniard's future? They shouldn't be. The pair could finally allow Di Matteo's men to enjoy a partnership along the lines of Rooney/van Persie and Tevez/Aguero.

If Chelsea are to compete, this is exactly what's needed.

As ever, Falcao will have to prove himself quickly in the Premier League. National newspapers will emphasise his every mistake and amplify every shot that flies just wide. That's the nature of the sport.

Such criticism isn't the Colombian's greatest challenge. Many high profile Chelsea strikers have failed to overcome the Stamford Bridge graveyard—the theatre that has sunk brilliant careers into the ground.

Will Falcao be any different? I believe he will. The striker has the class and finishing ability to lift any side, anywhere in the world. He also has the reach to drag Torres away from that sinking turf.


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