Video: Why Chelsea’s League Cup win was still a bad night for Falcao

Radamel Falcao

The Blues may have put Walsall to the sword in a 4-1 win, but it was another night of woe for Radamel Falcao.

A League Cup clash with League One outfit Walsall was the perfect opportunity for several of Chelsea’s fringe stars to stake their claims for more first-team football.

The likes of Loic Remy, Kenedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will have come away from the Banks's Stadium feeling like they have done just that after impressing in a 4-1 win for the Blues.

One man who may think differently, however, is Radamel Falcao after another miserable night in front of goal for Chelsea.

Admittedly rusty after playing just 118 minutes of football, mostly as a substitute, so far this season there is something oddly reminiscent of Fernando Torres in his Chelsea days when it comes to the Colombian.

Against Walsall, Falcao’s touch and decision making skills deserted him once again, with the 29-year-old guilty of missing three great chances and looking shorn of confidence.

The first came with just a minute gone and saw the South American fail to control a fine lofted pass from John Obi Mikel, allowing Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to steal the ball away from him.

Then, as the the half progressed, he was put through on goal by Ramires, but waited too long to shoot, with his eventual effort cleared off the line.

His hat trick of misses was then completed before the break with the Colombian once again through on goal, and once again denied after rounding the keeper with his poor effort easily cleared off the line again.

But things would get worse after the break, with a free-kick attempt from Falcao ending in hilarity after the ex-Porto man slipped as he attempted to shoot.

Subbed off on the 90-minute mark, Falcao’s mood probably wasn’t helped by events elsewhere involving his replacement at Manchester United, Anthony Martial.

Signed for £36 million from the Colombian's parent club Monaco, as reported by the BBC, the French youngster was among the goals again for United in their 3-0 win over Ipswich Town in the same competition.

In doing so, Martial has now scored as many goals for the Red Devils in four games as it took Falcao to score in 29.

With Diego Costa suspended and a game against lowly Newcastle United coming up, Falcao needs to rediscover some kind of form quickly, otherwise another mediocre season awaits.

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