Second to Falcao so should Premier League clubs look at this cheaper alternative?

Could Oscar Cardozo of Benfica do a job in the Premier League?

So you want to buy a new striker?

Any specific attributes you are looking for?

Potent in front of goal, strong in the air and on both feet, preferably with a good track record in Europe that all makes sense.

South American as well no problem think we have just the man for you. Radamel Falcao. He is 27-years-old, Colombian and absolutely loves scoring goals.

Problem is he is going to be slightly out of your price range I am afraid.

But what if there was a slightly cheaper model?

Well it turns out there is and his name is Oscar Cardozo.

On Thursday night the Paraguayan forward once again demonstrated his magnificent talent with the two vital goals that took Benfica into a UEFA Europa League Final against Chelsea in Amsterdam.

Cardozo is now second only to Falcao in the Europa League all-time scoring charts (since rebrand in 2009/10) with 18 to the Atletico Madrid strikers 30 but is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most consistently overlooked striking talents.

The fact remains in 255 career matches for Benfica the 29-year-old has bagged an impressive 219 goals.

So why is there never genuine interest in his services?

Because as you would expect from anything when you are buying the cheaper version there are certainly downsides to his performance.

For instance you are never going to see Cardozo galloping around the field or running the channels. That is not his role. Therefore he doesn’t need to be and isn’t going to be exactly super fit. This is highlighted in the amount of playing time he receives. Cardozo rarely plays for 90 minutes by comparison to other strikers in his mould.

While the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea have all been linked with the big-man before it looks forever unlikely he will ever make the move to a club in the Premier League; he is simplynot built for such a fight.

Think of him as a cross between Falcao and Dimitar Berbatov. Sounds great right; but only as a luxury player only a few teams can afford to have.

Which is a shame, because for me, he is one of the most intriguing and mercurial of talents in Europe; and I would love to see him play up close.

What are your thoughts on Oscar Cardozo?

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