Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has thrown Radamel Falcao a lifeline, says John Hartson

Radamel Falcao

The former forward believes the Colombian will have to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge.

Former Arsenal forward John Hartson says Jose Mourinho has thrown Radamel Falcao a lifeline at Chelsea, via Kicca.

The Colombian looks set to complete a season-long loan deal from Monaco in the coming weeks, with the deal likely to be concluded now that Colombia’s participation in the Copa America is finished.

The forward spent last season on loan at Manchester United but failed to impress, scoring just four goals all season, and Hartson says he has been handed a lifeline but will have to hit the ground running.

“It looks like Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has thrown Radamel Falcao a real lifeline after what happened at Old Trafford last season,” he wrote on Kicca

“To score just four goals for Manchester United last season was just not good enough for a player of Falcao’s calibre and price tag. It’s important he hits the ground running and starts scoring goals quickly.”

Falcao needs game time to return to his best

The Colombian arguably struggled last season at United because of his limited minutes on the pitch, as he failed to secure a long run of games by manager Louis van Gaal.

After the injury he suffered before the World Cup, game time is what he needs to return to full fitness and arguably his fine form that earned him such rave reviews in the past.

He may find that hard to come by at Stamford Bridge though, with Diego Costa the undisputed number one after his impressive first season and Mourinho not known for changing his side around too much.

In that regard then, it may be fair to suggest we may see Falcao struggling for a little while longer.

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