Chelsea’s loan policy has often times look to be doing more harm to the club than good, given that most of the loanees hardly get to make a permanent return back to Stamford Bridge at the end of their temporary exits. While some turn up great performances for their loan clubs with Chelsea missing out on such quality services in the interim.
It could be the combination of the 2 for the Blues as far as 1 out of their 38 players on loan is concerned. But it’s the latter at the moment, as Colombia international and winger Juan Cuadrado is once again putting up impressive displays at Juventus in his 2nd loan stint with the Old Lady.
Since moving back to Turin on a 3-year loan deal, the 28-year-old has reestablished himself as one of Allegri’s integral members, making 7 Serie A appearances till date.
Over the weekend, he assisted Mario Mandzukic’s opener against Chievo, bringing his assist tally to 3, with all coming in his last 3 Serie A appearances.
The winger, whos is rated at €15.3 Million, has created a total number of 11 chances in the Italian league this term, with 9 others being key passes. His most important contribution to Juventus came in the Champions League a little over a fortnight ago in France.
The former Fiorentina star scored his side’s only goal against Lyon to secure all 3 points that took them closer to securing qualifications for the next rounds.
While the skillful player never did settle well into life in the EPL under Jose Mourinho upon arriving in January 2015, and also leaving at the start of this term in search of more playing time, how he has continually found solace in Juve’s colors don’t come as a surprise for many.
Juan Cuadrado: Has now registered 3 assists in his last 3 Serie A appearances #ChievoJuve
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) November 6, 2016
Cuadrado is as good as they come as far as quality widesmen go, but he is more at home with the Italian style of football having come to prominence at Fiorentina before his 2014 World Cup exploits with Colombia.
With the likes of Hazard, Willian and Pedro ahead of him in the selection for first team football at Chelsea, it makes sense he is loaned out for a 2nd time. Buying him has turned out to be unnecessary within a short while, as the £23.3million signee hasn’t only become surplus to requirements in the long-run, but has proven his unreadiness and unwillingness to fight for a place or adapt to the style of play in England.
The Blues haven’t done a particularly bad business with him at the end of the day, as even though he might not end up rendering services worth his initial fees, the club would have made a recoup eventually.
The presence of the likes of the aforementioned forwards would have made life more difficult for Cuadrado if he remained at Chelsea for the season, and the quality the trio has brought to the team’s attack is equal to none.
Perhaps for the first time, the club got a transfer decision right, and there was no mistake made with the Colombian’s temporary exit. By all indications, it is a fair deal.