Radamel Falcao: Expensive mistake for Chelsea

Radamel Falcao’s woeful campaign at Chelsea has become even more difficult to swallow for the Blues, after stats revealed just how costly a failure the Colombian was at Stamford Bridge.

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The Blues confirmed on Friday that Falcao, Alexandre Pato and squad goalkeeper Marco Amelia will all leave Stamford after failing to make an impact at the club.

Colombian Falcao – once regarded as one of the world’s top strikers – struggled during a spell with Manchester United in 2014/15 – but his stats at Old Trafford were nothing compared to the expensive failure he became at Stamford Bridge.

Falcao, who cost Chelsea a reported £140,000 a week during his 10-month stay at Stamford Bridge, made 12 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring just once – in the 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in August 2015.

But that’s not all, with his stats revealing:

£7.28million: The total amount in wages picked up by Falcao during his year at Stamford Bridge

Ten: The number of occasions the player made it onto the field in the Premier League.

228: The number of minutes of playing time Falcao racked up for the Blues.

£32,000: The cost of each minute he played in the PL for Chelsea.

Five: The total number of shots he had on target (nine more blocked, or off target)

£1.46m: The cost of each direct shot on goal (£809,000 per shot inc blocked, or off target efforts)

Two: His total chances created at Chelsea

127: The number of times he touched the ball

£57,000: The cost per touch in a Chelsea shirt

63: The number of successful passes Falcao made

£116,000: Cost per pass in a Chelsea shirt

The player currently has two years left on the five-year deal he signed with Monaco in 2013 and with the club desperate to sell, or loan him out again, it seems the player might struggle to find a club willing to take on his huge wages.

Clubs in China have been mentioned as a possible destination for the player and that seems his best option after two frustrating seasons in the Premier League.

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