It’s safe to say that despite how amazing this summers World Cup in Brazil was, it was missing a star. Radamel Falcao was that star. The Colombian born striker was an absentee for his native side this summer after picking up a knee injury in January and despite Colombia’s fantastic tournament, you can’t help feel that the inclusion of the 28-year-old goal machine may have helped push coach Jose Pekerman’s team that one step further into the semi-finals of the summer tournament.
Since he burst onto the elite football scene at Portuguese side F.C Porto back in 2009, Falcao has gone from strength to strength. Leaving the Estadio do Dragao in in 2011 with an astonishing 41 goals in 51 games, Radamel Falcao moved to La Liga’s Atletico Madrid for a huge €40mil.
Whilst in Madrid, Falcao became one of the most sought after and dangerous players in European football. Scoring 52 goals in 68 appearances, Falcao further emphasized his incredible scoring knack and undeniable killer instinct, playing a huge part in Atletico Madrid’s 2012 Europa League success. During his 2011/2012 campaign, Falcao managed to make it onto the shortlist for the Ballon D’or, eventually finishing 5th.
After an incredible two seasons in La Liga, Falcao was lured to Ligue 1 football by big-spenders Monaco. His huge transfer to Ligue 1 side Monaco in May 2013 for a reported €60mil highlighted the interest in the Colombian and whilst at the club, he has managed a better than a goal every other game.
Unfortunately struck down by a serious knee injury, Falcao has found it hard to assimilate to life in France and is seemingly looking for a way out after missing out on the lions share of the 2013/14 campaign and a world cup that saw his native Colombia enjoy great success.
Falcao is a predatory striker with a natural eye for goal. Both powerful and quick, Falcao is an enigma that defenders find near impossible to read and as his record proves, he is a player reliant only on himself and will manage to find the net regardless of where, who or when he plays.
Who’s Interested? – Arsenal
With the news of Olivier Giroud’s injury set to keep him out until the New Year, Arsenal fans are chomping at the bit to find a replacement for their main man up top.
Arsenal’s striking options have been a cause of much debate since the departure of Robin Van Persie in 2012. With Olivier Giroud sidelined, Arsenal will be forced to look to the likes of new signing Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and youngster Yaya Sonogo to quell there offensive needs.
With Arsenal more active in the transfer market than ever before, with the recent acquisitions of Alexis Sanchez, Debuchy and Calum Chambers, Gooners will be hoping that Arsene still has his chequebook ready for the apparently available Radamel Falcao.
Arsenal have seemingly been looking for that perfect lone forward for the past three seasons at least and as much as Giroud has a record he can be proud of, he has also been a sporadic source of frustration for Arsenal fans who cry out for the prolific strikers they will have become accustomed to after RVP, Thierry Henry and Ian Wright.
If Arsenal do manage to lure Falcao to North London it won’t be cheap but it will definitely be worth it. With a goal scoring record that defies logic, Falcao is one of the most prolific and complete forwards available to the Gunners and could be the missing piece to the Arsenal team looking to build on last seasons F.A Cup success.
Words by Ben Fawcett