ESPN FC is reporting that Chelsea are considering cancelling Radamel Falcao’s loan spell in January to free up space in their squad for a new striker.
Chelsea have been linked in recent weeks with Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez and Valencia’s Paco Alcocer, as Jose Mourinho knows that he needs a plan B for the out of form Diego Costa. Not sure though if those two names will score any of Chelsea’s domestic or European opponents. I think Chelsea need to world class striker to replace Costa, and neither Hernandez or Alcocer fit that bill.
Falcao, who joined Chelsea on a season-long loan from Monaco in the summer, has struggled to establish himself at Stamford Bridge.
The Colombian has started just one Premier League game this season, the 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, and his only other start came in the Capital One Cup win at Walsall.
Falcao, who had a miserable loan spell at Manchester United last season, has scored only one goal for Chelsea and the Blues are ready to cut their losses on the former Atletico Madrid forward.
However, any move to end Falcao’s loan is set to be complicated as Chelsea and Monaco would both to have to agree to terminate the loan deal and then for any other interested party to take over his wages.
Falcao is believed to be open to the idea of leaving Chelsea as he wants to be playing regularly, with a return to Spain the most likely destination.
Before is knee injury, Falcao was the best striker in the world, and arguably the third best player in the world behind Messi and Ronaldo. But his 18 months in England have shown that he lost a yard of pace as a result of the injury and that difference is enough to move him from world class to average. Maybe in another league where he will get more time on the ball he can rediscover his scoring form. But it is clear that he is not suited to playing in the Premier League.