The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were expecting big things from Juan Cuadrado at Chelsea…
He was tasked with replacing Andre Schurrle at Chelsea, but within 6 months he was gone – and that is a real shame.
He was never given a real chance at the club, making just 4 starts during a half-season long spell. Considering he had moved mid-season, to a league far more physical and quick than any he had experienced before, there is no doubting that this was not enough time for the Columbian to really make an impact. What he did show was, at times, exciting, and what he lacked in experience he truly made up for in technical class – showing his ability in parts whilst in a Chelsea shirt. A season in the gym and a solid pre-season under his belt, and who is to say that he wouldn’t have turned it around?
This is a particularly poignant point when you consider the depth that Chelsea are lacking at present. With just Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro as Chelsea’s main options on the wings – Cuadrado certainly could have done a job. He wouldn’t need to start straight away, but he could learn from these experts and eventually make a vital impact.
You only have to look at how well he has done in Serie A to figure out what sort of impact he would make in the Premier League too. Juventus have signed him for €20 million (£17 million), and that sort of investment demands a big return on the pitch. He has delivered that return over the last couple of seasons, no doubt leaving the Chelsea coaching staff feeling slightly red faced. Under Conte, who has made a habit of turning the form of players around – Cuadrado could have been his next target.
If Cuadrado’s sale shows anything, it shows a missed opportunity from the Blues. A quality player not given the time, energy or patience to deliver – Chelsea could live to regret this mistake.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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