One of the most lethal strikers in the world at one point of time, Radamel Falcao’s fall from grace is just testament to how fit footballers have to be in this era of the beautiful game. Falcao picked up a serious ACL injury during his time with Monaco and that really scuppered his FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
It was a surprise to see him being picked by Louis van Gaal as a loan signing for Manchester United, even though he was not 100% fit. Falcao struggled to do much in the Premier League with the Manchester club and could only manage four goals from 29 appearances for the side.
Not only was that bad, he fell out of favour with the Dutch manager and was then loaned out by parent club Monaco to Chelsea this season. That has not worked well for him as well since Jose Mourinho was sacked and even Guus Hiddink has not been able to play him due to the Colombian striker picking up a nasty thigh injury which has kept him out of action since December 2015.
Falcao has only made 12 appearances for Chelsea this campaign and has only scored once, no more is he the tiger that would be scoring goals all the time for Atletico Madrid. Sadly, his star seems to be fading away as he was not even selected in the 40 man provisional squad for the Copa America 2016.
Things aren’t going well for him, though there have been talks of him getting to sign a deal with Chelsea and staying on a permanent basis, it doesn’t make real sense for either party as Falcao needs to move to a less competitive league to regain his mojo and fitness.
Chelsea also need to bring in someone else who can get the goals and they have taken a gamble with another player who has gone off the boil, Alex Pato. The Brazilian also hasn’t really done much at the club and he could turn into a good buy next season.
Falcao has had offers from China and it seems and that, it would be his best bet to play in the next season. The Chinese Super League is perfect for him and many top stars from European leagues have moved to Asia, which does not seem to be the worst decision.
Another option for the misfiring striker would be the MLS, which has become better as each season passes. Falcao though could surprise a few and revive his career at an old club, Atletico Madrid, but that can only happen once he gets over his injury problems.
The faster he gets 100% fit, the better it would be for him to decide where to go. He unfortunately might not be able to play top European league football due to the rigours of performing on a regular basis but he should have a striker’s instinct which made him one of the bets in the world. That should be enough to get him another move but this would be his last chance of reviving his career.