Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has told Deportes RCN that he is confident Colombia teammate Radamel Falcao will soon get over his slow start to life at Manchester United and prove his doubters wrong.
Falcao, 29, joined United on a season-long loan from Monaco in the summer, but has since struggled for form and fitness, netting just four times in 18 total appearances.
Having missed the second-half of last season and the World Cup with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, fans and the media alike have been left to wonder whether the striker’s noted-knee problems are now starting to affect his performances.
Nevertheless, with United having the option to make his spell permanent at the end of the campaign for a reported £42.3 million fee, Ospina believes it is just a matter of time before his compatriot shows his worth.
"Falcao is very strong player,” he said. “He is going to overcome the situation and he will prove his worth. No one can doubt about it.
“As soon as he gets the continuity he needs he will demonstrate his talent. He is a great person and he deserves it.”
After their impressive run to the World Cup’s quarter-final stages in Brazil, several of the Colombia squad sealed high-profile transfers, with Ospina, Falcao and now-Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez all making the move to the Premier League.
The trio also saw Juan Cuadrado join them in England this winter following a big-money switch to Chelsea from Fiorentina, and the Gunners keeper believes it’s a glowing endorsement of the current state of Colombian football.
"I'm happy. Colombia are going through a very good time,” he added. “Everyone is taking advantage of the opportunities; we must keep working and open the door for many more Colombians to come to this great league."