Hiddink’s 4-3-3 and Falcao’s Chances

Falcao Playing for Colombia

A Chelsea die-hard, who has been described by friends as ‘too emotional’. I source every information about the team, down to the boot size of the third choice goalkeeper. And yes – Emotionally during matches – I’m very unstable

Radamel Falcao has been something of an enigma since joining Chelsea. On the back of a relatively stop start stint at Man Utd, he joined Chelsea on loan likely knowing that he would have much to do to displace Diego Costa as Chelsea’s only striker.

But that’s when we had a manager who only plays with one striker.

Guus Hiddink on the other hand is a different manager and a different man.

Despite retaining Jose’s formation for the Watford game, I’d be more inclined to put this down to a need for continuity at present and not wanting to make wholesale changes in a busy time for fixtures.

He traditionally likes to play a 4-3-3 formation and did so with major success when managing Chelsea back in 2009 taking 34 points from a possible 39.

Which brings us back to Falcao.

Despite Chelsea having Willian, Pedro and even Hazard who can each patrol the wings to good effect, I also see an opportunity for a fully fit Falcao to stake his claim in one of the wider roles.

The problem is a fully fit Falcao.

Something which we highlighted way back before he signed for Chelsea.

His cruciate ligament surgery back in January 2014 and put him out until July 2014 seems to have changed him.

No longer is he as sharp or quick and he seems to pick up these niggling injuries on a far too frequent basis.

Now according to Colombian newspaper Hola Colombia, he wants more opportunities:

“Chelsea are the team who bet on me, and I took that opportunity. However, it has been complicated because the team hasn’t started the season the best, nor have I been given the opportunities I want.

“But I’m very grateful, very happy. As for the future, I hope to have more opportunities to show what I can do in the second half of the season.”

The truth is that opportunities will come Falcao’s way, especially under a new manager. But first, rather than complaining about not getting game time, he needs to find some match sharpness and fast.