There has been much speculation over the future of Atlético Madrid’s star Striker Radamel Falcao. The Colombian has been heavily linked with moves to Chelsea and even Manchester City. His current contract has a £48 million buy out clause which Chelsea are front runners to match in the new year.
Before joining Atlético Falcao guided Porto to win four trophies in his final season at the club scoring 34 goals in all competitions. He excelled under current Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas during the 2010-11 season as he almost single handedly won the Europa League scoring 17 goals in 14 games. This tally was high enough to break Jurgen Klinsmann’s European scoring record of 15 goals.
With the departure of Sergio Agüero to Manchester City for a deal worth £38 million, Atlético Madrid thought Falcao would be the perfect replacement, the deal was completed in August 2011 and set back the Spanish side £34.7 million. In his first season the striker scored 24 goals in 34 matches and has started this season brightly with 10 goals in as many matches.
He has pinpoint accuracy in the air despite only being 5’10, he is also a deadly finisher and is able to use both feet. Falcao is strong, agile and quick, he posses all the talents that make a top class striker.
During his time at Porto he suffered a barren streak at the start of the 2010-11 season, which shattered the Colombian’s confidence for club and country.Also he has struggled at times to carry his goal scoring form onto the international stage.
Lionel Messi had this to say about Falcao:”I’d like to play with him. Falcao is a great player and is at a very high level. He has won everything in a season in which he scored many goals. He is, today, the great reference of Colombian football.”
If Falcao was to join Chelsea in January he would be a great addition to an already powerful attacking force. This is how I believe they would line-up:
For now, Atlético Madrid are in second place in Liga BBVA, six points behind leaders Barcelona but with a game in hand. Later today they face a trip to 16th place Granada where they will be expected to claim all three points. Real Madrid are recovering from a faltering start to the campaign but are still eight points adrift from the league leaders. Barcelona are the only side left unbeaten with 11 wins and one draw so far this season. It is only early on in the season but the Spanish giants seem to be pulling ahead of the rest, leaving both Madrid clubs some catching up to do if they are going to mount a serious challenge for the title.
Towards the foot of the table Espanyol, Osasuna and Deportivo occupy the relegation places but are by no means doomed as the bottom half of the table is extremely tight. Below Liga BBVA table: