Five Things Manchester United Must Know Before They Move For Falcao
1. He's Much Smaller Than You Think
The first thing you notice when you get up close and personal with Radamel Falcao, Atlético Madrid’s purty-eyed goal poacher, is that he’s a lot smaller than he looks either on TV or from the stands, and that’s quite unusual with footballers who tend to be fairly big beasts. Unless they are playing for Barcelona.
For a target man, the archetypal ‘great in the air’ striker, Falcao is just 5’10, almost Spanish international category. But this just shows how much his strength, speed and spectacular performances make the Colombian appear to be twice the size, especially for opposition defenders.
2. He'll Score 20 Goals A Season, No Sweat
24 goals in la Liga during his first season for the Rojiblancos and an imperious display both in the Europa League knock-out matches and then the final have already cemented a reputation for a versatile, dead-cert, guaranteed 20-strikes-a-season-for-any-club-in-any-league forward - a rare commodity these days. It’s no wonder every top rank team seems to wants Le Tigre patrolling their pitch.
3. He's Deadly In The Air and on The Floor
It’s incredibly simple really. Falcao is solid in the air, good with both feet, a great goal scorer and a scorer of truly great goals. He also rather handedly turns it on when it really matters. Falcao may sometimes go off the boil when the opposition is not so glamorous but when stepping up to the plate and other such clichés are required, then Falcao delivers.
4. He Doesn't Run Around That Much
Now this could be a bit of an issue, especially for buying clubs that happen to be playing in the Premier League. Falcao is not the most industrious of strikers. The Atlético Madrid man is of the ‘I put the ball away, not run after it’ breed of forwards. At the Vicente Calderón, Falcao had Adrian, Arda Turan and Diego to do the water-carrying for him. He will require at least two midfield minions at his new club if he is to deliver on what is likely to be a hefty transfer fee.
5. He's Co-Owned So Don't Expect Him Cheap
Massive debts see Atlético Madrid as the biggest of selling clubs however, the Rojiblancos only own half the rights on a footballer bought for €40m. The other 50% belongs to an investment group, so both parties would be demanding a tidy profit on their purchase who has only been in the Spanish capital for a year after a move from Porto. If a club has €50m to spend, then Falcao’s owners will be more than happy to listen. Anything less, then don’t even bother picking up the phone.
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