Has Juan Cuadrado had a fair opportunity to prove himself at Stamford Bridge?

Chelsea Supporters

Cuadrado's stay at Chelsea could be a short one.

Chelsea are prepared to cut their losses on Juan Cuadrado, according to a report in the London Evening Standard, after only half a season at Stamford Bridge.

Given the amount of time he has spent at the Premier League champions, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was pretty difficult for the Colombian to make such an impact having been one of the leading players in Fiorentina's side prior to his move to London. 

Appearances across Premier League and Champions League:

  PositionTeamAppearancesMins Played
Juan Cuadrado MF Chelsea 14 348

Only the 14 appearances wouldn't strike as much of an opportunity for him to impress, but on average he lasts just under 24.9 minutes per appearance, which many will argue makes it hard to make an impact on proceedings in any game. 

  PositionTeamGoalsTotal Scoring Att MINSTotal Att Assist MINSAppearancesMins Played
Eden Hazard MF Chelsea 17 43.81 35.05 47 4,206
André Schürrle MF Chelsea 4 20.67 56.36 18 620
Willian MF Chelsea 3 49.4 45.72 45 3,063
Juan Cuadrado MF Chelsea 0 38.67 58 14 348

The kind of players he will have been compared to, or competing against for a place in the team will have been those outlined in the table in Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and the departed Andre Schurrle, with Cuadrado arriving at Stamford Bridge shortly afterwards. 

Failure to get on the scoresheet is the standout statistic for Cuadrado while he is worse for when it comes to attempting assists than any of the other players, but is only second to Schurrle when it comes to getting a shot on goal himself.

They are not impressive statistics but you can't help be drawn to the time he has spent on the field. Despite Jose Mourinho wishing to sign him, it seems as though he doesn't really fancy the player to make it at the club and has given him very little game time since his arrival. 

Whether Chelsea will regret how they have handled Cuadrado's time at Stamford Bridge if he were to depart it remains to be seen [though his chances could be limited further with the likes of the BBC announcing the imminent arrival of Pedro from Barcelona]. But considering he came to the Premier League as a very highly rated player, it would seem such a waste. 

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