Juan Cuadrado showed why Jose Mourinho was so eager to bring him to Stamford Bridge in Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Everton.
Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado showed clear signs of things to come in last night’s 1-0 home win over Everton, delivering a confident performance in his first start for the club.
Arriving from Fiorentina before the transfer deadline for an initial £23.3 million rising to £27 million, per the BBC, fans at Stamford Bridge got their first extended look at their new star signing following the weekend’s cameo at Villa Park, and would have been more than pleased with what was on show.
The Colombia international could have scored and assisted another within the opening half-hour, while he should also have earned his team a spot-kick in just the fourth-minute after seeing his shot ricochet onto Steven Naismith's arm.
Willing to run at the Everton defence whenever the chance presented itself, he gave centre-back Phil Jagielka a torrid time with his pace and craft, and even proved a capable defender alongside Branislav Ivanovic on the right-hand side.
As the stats show, his end product proved a bit lacking for the 70 minutes he was on the pitch but, after creating the joint-most chances, as well as making the joint-most crosses, it’s clear that he is set to make a big impact over the rest of the season.
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Versatile enough to fill a number of attacking roles, his presence in the line-up also seems to have gotten the best out of fellow midfielder Willian, who, in moving to a central role, proved the crucial difference-maker with the 89th-minute-winner.
What that means for Oscar remains to be seen but, with the club now gearing up for next week’s Champions League last 16 clash at Paris Saint-Germain, having Cuadrado in the side for the trip to France looks to be the best option at this point.