Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao recently spoke out about his lack of activity with the Premier League defending champions this season, and somewhat denied his fitness woes were the reason he’s remained sidelined for months. The Colombian international has been out of action since October with an apparent thigh injury, but said on the matter: “I try not to destabilise myself. People talk a lot, but they also say positive things and I try to welcome those messages.”
Falcao was once considered the best natural centre-forward, but he’s never recovered from a serious knee injury picked up back in 2013/14. A season-long loan spell at Manchester United ended badly, and it was a big surprise Chelsea opted for a similar deal in the following campaign. He was used sparingly for the Blues prior to the alleged thigh injury due to poor form, but instead blames a lack of game time for his disappointing performances.
“I have recovered from my knee injury. The problem is since then I have not had the chance to play a whole season to get back my confidence and become competitive again. If I had had that regular football, you would not be saying this right now,” Falcao said recently. The 29-year-old has had a disappointing 18 months, and his season with Chelsea is one of the worst of his careers.
The Blues tried to send him back to parent club AS Monaco, who rejected the offer due to his fitness woes, so he’s an unwanted player at present. Chelsea also recently signed Alexandre Pato on a season-long loan from Brazilian club Corinthians so Falcao’s place as third-choice striker has now all but gone. For a player with the world at his feet only a couple of years ago, it’s been a monumental fall from grace since.
Having scored just five league goals in the last 18 months (Chelsea & Man Utd), Radamel Falcao will be desperate to move to greener pastures in the summer to turn his fledgling career around. AS Monaco are keen to cash on the high earner, so he will likely be available ahead of the 2016/17, given his fitness problems in the last two seasons, coupled with even worse form, it’s hard to see any stellar side come in for the South American.
Falcao is enduring a season from hell at Chelsea, suffering from poor form and injuries, but can he turn things around in the summer?