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Stats: Why Radamel Falcao will only make Chelsea stronger

Chelsea are close to securing a season-long loan deal for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and Louis East looks at why the Colombian will only improve Jose Mourinho’s title winning side next term.

Radamel Falcao is expected to be announced as a Chelsea player in the next few days as AS Monaco have agreed to let him spend a second consecutive season on loan in the Premier League.

Falcao endured a challenging season with Manchester United during the 2014/15 season as he registered his worst goals-per-game ratio of his career, and as a result, he has been subject to bundles of criticism from English football fans and the press alike.

But that hasn’t deterred him from the top flight of English football as the 29-year-old is set to take a huge pay cut to join Chelsea and try and prove he still has what it takes to be one of the most lethal strikers in world football.

A move to Stamford Bridge will see Falcao link up with Jose Mourinho and a title winning squad who are favourites to retain their crown next May. That in itself presents a completely different scenario to the one he walked into at Old Trafford last summer as there was enormous pressure on the former Atletico Madrid man to fire a transitional United team back to the top of the table.

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As it turned out, things didn’t go to plan in Manchester. Falcao netted just four league goals in 26 games under Louis Van Gaal, hitting the net as many times as centre-back Chris Smalling.

But a move to Chelsea will see him replace Blues legend and MLS-linked Didier Drogba. That doesn’t mean he is walking in as Mourinho’s star striker, but that will alleviate pressure from the outset, and he will certainly offer the team more than the ageing Drogba could last term.

Loic Remy‘s future is still unclear as a move away from Stamford Bridge could well happen, but statistically Falcao proved he can still be effective, even when enduring the worst campaign of his career.

Stats (EPL 14/15 – via Squawka)

Appearances Goals Assists Key Passes Passing Accuracy (%) Shot Accuracy

Headers Won (%)

Radamel Falcao

26 4 4 14 86% 55%

27%

Didier Drogba

28 4 1 13 60% 36%

49%

Loic Remy

19 7 0 5 82% 59%

35%

The Colombian scored as many goals as Drogba in two less appearances last term, and registered three more assists than the Ivorian and Remy combined.

He also made more key passes than either Chelsea player and recorded a better pass completion statistic as well, highlighting his ability to bring others into play.

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Diego Costa only recorded three assists last season and so Falcao will give Mourinho a completely different outlet in attack, as the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and more importantly, Juan Cuadrado could benefit greatly from Falcao’s addition to the side.

The 2014/15 campaign was one Falcao will have already put behind him, and although football fans won’t forget quite as easy, the 29-year-old is set to be given the perfect platform to prove himself as a worthy addition to the strongest team in English football.

How do you think Radamel Falcao will perform at Chelsea? 

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About Louis East (1221 Articles)

Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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