Radamel Falcao has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since joining Manchester United last summer. Lewis Addley explores whether a move away would revitalise his career…
The Colombian earned himself a staggering £52 million move to AS Monaco in 2013 after impressive spells at both FC Porto and Atletico Madrid, but he hasn’t been able to replicate that form whatsoever since moving to United on loan.
Manchester United paid over £6 million just to bring the 29-year-old striker in on loan this season and have the option to permanently sign him for £43 million at the end of the campaign, though that is highly unlikely now.
Falcao cannot hide behind a lack of first-team opportunities as a reason for his below-par performances as he has had the backing of manager Louis Van Gaal throughout. Wayne Rooney has even been shifted to a midfield role just to accommodate the Colombian forward.
In a side full of attacking class Falcao is not the main man at United. His spells at Monaco, Atletico and Porto saw him spearhead the attack to devastating effect and he has just not done that in England so far.
His time at United has seen him average a goal almost every five games in what is by far the worst goals-per-game ratio of his career.
Falcao could be rejuvenated with a move away from the Premier League, possibly back to La Liga where he netted 70 times in 90 appearances for Atletico, but a hefty price tag will make it difficult for many sides to offer up what Monaco will be expecting.
He has come under criticism from a number of important figures in the game and isn’t looking anything like the player he once did, which seems a familiar story after big money moves for strikers as we saw with Fernando Torres at Chelsea, who is now incidentally looking more like his old self in La Liga with Atletico.
Falcao needs to get his head down and keep plugging away. If he can find the net a few more times this season it could attract a club to come in for a possible move. He is seemingly out of favour with Monaco and is unlikely to return to France next year.
If the United man stands any chance of making his move to the club permanent then he must try to find his feet and prove the doubters wrong in the final few months of the season. But seeing how the United move has been for him up to now, Falcao could be best suited to opting to ply his trade elsewhere come the next campaign.
Does Radamel Falcao have a future at Manchester United?