Finally, Premier League fans are seeing that Radamel Falcao is not the world-class striker he was in Spain. They need to let him go this summer.
Although the bigger issues lay with Louis van Gaal’s defence, it was a signing lauded by the fans and conjured up visions of Falcao emulating his performances with FC Porto and Atletico Madrid wearing the red United jersey.
In reality, the media had avoided his time at Monaco, highlighting his goal-scoring record and not his actual, sub-par performances.
In France, Falcao scored seven goals in seven games, and then only scored twice in 12 games. People point to the knee problem he suffered as the cause of the downturn in form but, in reality, his standards had dropped way before his terrible injury.
Manchester United are currently paying Colombian striker Radamel Falcao around £265,000 per week, according to the Telegraph. When you add in the £6 million loan fee, the total bill comes to just under £20 million by the end of May. His record of four league goals in 16 games is unlikely to convince Van Gaal into sanctioning the £43.5 million option to buy in the summer.
Even though Manchester United beat Preston 3-1 in the FA Cup on Monday, there was a barrage of criticism towards Falcao’s performance. Slowly but surely, Premier League fans are realising that this is not the striker that took on Europe before his move to Monaco.
To get the best out of Falcao, you need to revolve the whole team and style around him. Van Gaal is never going to work like that and United have too many stars to become Falcao’s team. The Colombian may still have the ability to play at a high level, but it is not going to be at a team of the size of United.
What Van Gaal needs is a mobile, electric, dangerous forward, someone who can adapt, develop and bring a new dimension to Old Trafford. Rather than spend upwards of £40 million on Falcao, they need to throw their weight into recruiting Alexandre Lacazette of Olympique Lyonnais.
They may come up short in their advances, but with 21 goals this season and performances displaying his all-round amazing ability, he would be the ideal player to lift Manchester United to the next level.
Signing Falcao would be a disastrous move for the former Premier League champions. Going all-in for Lacazette would be a huge step in the right direction.