After a mixed first season in France, Falcao could be on the move this summer, and Monaco should definitely look to move the striker on.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has reportedly rejected advances from Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea but with Real Madrid his favoured destination, the rumours will continue throughout the summer. For AS Monaco, they may not want to say goodbye to their prize asset, but if Monaco want to challenge for the Ligue 1 title in the coming season, they should look at cashing in on the striker.
The striker may not have played for Monaco for the last five months of the season, but before he picked up his injury in the Coupe de France in January, he was already showing signs of struggling in a league with the physical challenges of Ligue 1.
After signing for €64 million from Atletico Madrid, Falcao started like a house on fire, scoring seven goals in seven games. Then after defenders began to adapt, the Colombian struggled, scoring only twice in 10 games.
He was then famously taken off after 63 minutes against Nantes, unimpressed at seeing him number flash up on the board, his face told a million stories.
After that game he only managed one full 90 minutes performance.
From January onwards, Monaco had to adapt, and there are arguments to be made that they played better more free-flowing football without having to adapt to Falcao’s style.
Fellow Colombian, James Rodriguez, came into his own, finishing the season with nine goals and 12 assists. He was easily Monaco’s star of the season, and the player that new boss Leandro Jardim should be building his team around.
Although Falcao’s predatory instincts are superb, it’s his work off the ball that needs work. French based defenders love nothing more than the ball being played in front of them. They live for the physical battle, and Falcao going against them clearly limited the striker.
Dimitar Berbatov fared much better, as his guile and movement, linking up with Joao Moutinho and James, worked beautifully together. The Bulgarian scored six goals, contributed with four assists and dropped in perfectly to the system Claudio Ranieri developed.
If Monaco were to receive an offer for around £40-45 million for the 28-year-old striker, they should find it very hard to resist. At his age, and after an injury that has kept him out of action for the best part of 6/7 months, they would be smart to cash-in.
The frantic nature of the Premier League, plus the overall lack of serious defending, would make it the perfect destination for a striker once classed as Europe’s best.
If Manchester City, Tottenham or Chelsea are still serious about the Colombian, they shouldn’t give up.