Friday 23 February 2018

Radamel Falcao cost Chelsea £800k per shot and £57k for every touch of the ball

Colombia forward Radamel Falcao has returned to Monaco following an injury-hit loan spell at Chelsea
Colombia forward Radamel Falcao has returned to Monaco following an injury-hit loan spell at Chelsea

Alistair Tweedale

After Radamel Falcao's failed stint at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho's decision to sign him last summer looked an odd one.

It seemed clear that the Colombian no longer carried the threat he once did when he took the Portuguese and Spanish leagues by storm with Porto and Atletico Madrid, but Mourinho believed the player could turn his career around with the right support and so handed him a 12-month deal.

Almost exactly a year later, Chelsea have decided to release Falcao along with fellow flop Alexandre Pato.

Earning a wage of £140,000-a-week for the duration of his year in London, Falcao stacked up a hefty wedge. The only problem for Chelsea was that he did not repay Mourinho's faith, and ended up contributing very little indeed at Stamford Bridge.

In that time he cost Roman Abramovich a total of £7.28 million, but made it onto the pitch on only 10 occasions in the Premier League.

In those games - of which he started only one - he racked up just 228 minutes of playing time and scored only one goal.

He had just nine shots that were not blocked, with a measly five hitting the target. Meanwhile he created only two chance for other team-mates. He quickly proved an expensive mistake.

It all meant each of his minutes spent playing had cost the club a whopping £32,000. Each of his shots were worth £809,000 and each shot on target £1.46m.

Having touched the ball just 127 times in a Chelsea shirt and completed just 63 passes, each touch - however bad they might have been - will have worked out at £57k a pop, while each pass cost £116k.

Falcao is now without a club, but if the lesson that United learned was not enough to put off potential suitors, it is likely that the bill he has caused to creep up at Chelsea will mean he certainly has no future in the Premier Leauge - and also that he might just have to drop his extortionate wage demands.

Mourinho believed he was getting a bargain in recruiting Falcao on a loan deal - at a snip of what he had been earning at Monaco - but he got this one monstrously wrong.

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