When Radamel Falcao joined Chelsea on loan back in July, he probably grandiose dreams of scoring loads of goals and returning his sputtering career back to the heights of his two-year spell at Atletico Madrid, where he scored 71 goals in 90 games (all competitions).
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Instead, 2015 is ending much the way it started for the 29-year-old Colombian striker: on the bench with very few chances to play for the first team, and even fewer goals. The only difference is the view from the bench after trading Old Trafford for Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Also the same: his pleas for more playing time. While he says he remains grateful for Chelsea giving him a chance to prove himself (and “earn” his $375,000-per-week wages), Falcao hopes to play more during the second half of the season — quotes translated by Goal.com:
“Chelsea are the team who bet on me, and I took that opportunity. However, it has been complicated because the team hasn’t started the season the best, nor have I been given the opportunities I want.
“But I’m very grateful, very happy. As for the future, I hope to have more opportunities to show what I can do in the second half of the season.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Falcao fits into the plans of Guus Hiddink, who’ll manage Chelsea until the end of the season. To this point, Falcao has appeared in just nine of Chelsea’s 18 Premier League games and scored one goal. Last season saw him score four goals in 26 league games while on loan to Manchester United.
Fortunately for Falcao, his current mega-bucks contract runs two more years after the current season ends, so whether or not he gets back on the field and starts scoring goals again, he’s going to get paid handsomely one way or another. He’ll continue to go on loan to clubs willing to pay his outrageous wages and bank on a sudden return to form, or AS Monaco, his parent club, will buy out his contract and pay (a large portion, at minimum) of his remaining wages.