It’s a massive 24 hours for Radamel Falcao, with a number of Europe’s heavyweights, Real Madrid included, fighting for his signature. Liam Cairns argues that Real Madrid need the Colombian to complete their team of Galacticos.
With Radamel Falcao prematurely announcing his arrival at the Bernabeú on Saturday, then removing his tweet and claiming his Twitter account was hacked, no one, not even Falcao himself would be unhappy if this turns out to be true.
Few will argue with the announcement if it turns out to be correct as he has constantly flirted with the idea of playing with Los Blanco’s one day. Even after turning out for bitter rivals Atlético Madrid for two seasons, their €40 million euro outlay was trumped with a €60 million euro transfer to AS Monaco last summer.
With a loan option of €20 million on the cards and with Manchester City at the 11th hour looking to hijack the deal, it’s obvious where the Colombian wants to play.
After succumbing to a serious knee injury in January 2014, he had almost instantly announced his displeasure with the new club he had just joined. Having hit the ground running at his new club he soon found himself behind the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the scoring charts after ten games and never caught back up.
Before his injury had put an end to proceedings in Le Championnat, which effectively ended his chances for the 2014 World Cup, Falcao was already looking for a way out from the French Riviera side. A certain passport issue that had wrangled on for months that stated he was indeed a couple of years older than his twenty seven years had media interest on high alert, soon to be quashed as the allegations proved to be false.
Now Real Madrid is looking to acquire an out-and-out goal scorer, arguably the best in the world on his day. Real Madrid are already richly supplied going forward with no less than the relentless Cristiano Ronaldo, recently acquired James Rodríguez and into his second season, Gareth Bale, who are no slouches in front of goal. Add Karim Benzema when he is in form and they are a force to be reckoned with.
The sheer sight of those players walking out of the tunnel versus any club side in the world would instantly strike fear into the opposition. Barcelona have added Luis Suárez into the mix and the next installment of ‘El Clásico’ will be, let’s hope, one to remember. Then again very few over the last couple of seasons have failed to disappoint. The mouth-watering prospect of Ronaldo, Bale, Falcao, Rodríguez, Messi, and Suarez would have fans counting down the hours until this very fixture.
The days of signing Klass Jan Huntelaar and ‘L’enfant terrible’ Antonio Cassano are a distant memory for Real Madrid and with the last two summers at least the club have upped the ante against their fellow rivals in La Liga and are constantly looking to add only the best to their squad.
Both Real and Atléticlo, along with Barcelona, will compete for the La Liga title this season and it’s hard to find another pretender, so the addition of Radamel Falcao can only amplify matters. Spare a thought for Karim Benzema who looks like, if Falcao signs, that he will get less game time now that another goal machine has been added to the mix.
Gonzalo Higuaín left after an indifferent couple of seasons, and bar one excellent season under ex-manager Manuel Pellegrini, he was on the wayside before his switch to Napoli. Will Benzema follow suit?
Karim does not have the predatory instinct that Ronaldo and Falcao so richly have in abundance and with the Real Madrid side’s over dependence on Ronaldo last season they subsequently faltered in the league when they had a golden opportunity to stake a claim right up until the second last game.
La Decima was rightly celebrated after getting one over their bitter capital rivals Atlético Madrid but if history has thought any manager of this club the one important trophy, La Liga, is a must; ex-Bayern meistertrainer Jupp Heynckes learned the hard way after he won the Champions League trophy for Real back in 1998, their first in over thirty years, but was still fired after not winning the league at the end of that season.
Times have changed but a La Liga win this season is a must for Carlo Ancelotti considering the squad he now could possibly have at his disposal. One thing is for sure with the chances Benzema has had; if Radamel Falcao had been in the same position last year nobody would have bet against him scoring many more goals.
Karim is a confidence player and should be converting more goals with the chances he gets and has only gone past the twenty goal mark in one of five seasons at Real Madrid. Falcao could now fill this void of sorts. It seems incredible to think that with the almost one hundred goals plus per season that the side lacks firepower but they need a goal machine to help fill the void when Cristiano Ronaldo is not fit.
With a revenue stream the envy of every team across the world this can only be a win-win situation for all parties concerned.
Goal wise no one could look any further than Cristiano Ronaldo, especially when he is one-on-one. Ronaldo is made for the attacking play that Real Madrid dictate. Gonzalo Higuaín was let go because of his indifferent form but Karim will almost certainly remain and play a bit part if Radamel Falco does finally sign. The bottom line is that Radamel Falcao offers more than Karim Benzema when it comes to goals to games ratio.
It seems ludicrous and almost Football Manager-esque but the almost certain acquisition of Radamel Falcao makes perfect sense as the Champions League holders are looking to acquire another goal machine with two seasons of La Liga experience already behind him.
In the Real Madrid side Falcao would score for fun and offer a better outlet than Karim Benzema, who seems to be disinterested when up against it. Like Hugo Sanchez before and Cristiano Ronaldo now, Radamel Falcao will provide twenty plus league goals a season for Real Madrid for sure if he finally signs on the dotted line.
Liam Cairns, Pundit Arena.