Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao's former teammate suggests joining him in MLS

Radamel Falcao

After seeing him struggle at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United, Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain has backed his ex-River Plate colleague to make a stateside switch.

Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain has suggested that Chelsea striker and former River Plate teammate Radamel Falcao should join him in MLS.

Higuain, the older brother of Napoli striker Gonzalo, lined up alongside Falcao at childhood club River between 2003 and 2007, and despite the Colombian’s recent struggles at both Chelsea and Manchester United, believes he can still produce in one of Europe’s top leagues.

However, with his career clearly suffering across the Atlantic, the Argentine playmaker also thinks that MLS would be a great place for his fellow South American to get things back on track.

Speaking to AS Colombia, Higuain said: "We are talking about a great football player worldwide, one of the best forwards. I think he can play both in MLS and in any [league] around Europe. I think that he is still able to do well anywhere.”

Premier League TeamSeasonGoalsGoals MINSTotal Shots MINSShooting AccuracyScoring V Shooting AccuracyAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Falcao Man Utd 2014-2015 4 321.5 34.76 43% 11% 4 18 86% 26 1,286
Falcao Chelsea 2015-2016 1 214 21.4 40% 10% 0 2 77% 9 214

Falcao, 29, joined Chelsea from Monaco in the summer on a season-long loan following a similar spell at United, where he managed just four goals in 29 total appearances.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho vowed to help the struggling front man recover the form that made him one of the world’s most feared goalscorers before suffering a series of major knee injuries, but things have not gone at all to plan.

The former Atletico Madrid star has so far scored just once in two starts and nine substitute appearances, while he has not featured since a 14-minute cameo in October’s 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool due to muscular problems.

There are now suggestions that his loan could be cut short next month to free up space in Mourinho’s squad for a new striker [h/t ESPN FC], but with the club sitting in 14th-place in the table following a disastrous start to their title defence, Higuain believes that his struggles are also down to the team’s situation.

"Logically there are times when a team makes things easier for the player and sometimes happen the opposite,” added the Crew’s No. 10. “But we are talking about a great forward who could play at a high level in MLS. We just need to wait which is his decision regarding his future.”

Nevertheless, while MLS have never been reluctant to hand out lucrative deals to big-name stars, having earned a reported £260,000-per-week at Monaco, Falcao will still have to take a significant wage cut for a potential stateside switch to happen.

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