Cuadrado: Chelsea’s Gain, Barcelona’s Loss

The January transfer window is over, many teams opted to sign players who could improve their squad, others let away some of their talents while some stayed passive. Chelsea left it late to conclude their busines, but they surely made the right moves signing Fiorentina’s winger Juan Cuadrado and letting go of both Mohamed Salah and André Schürrle. The Colombian winger signed for four and a half-years with the Blues for a figure estimated to be around £26.8 million.


Although Jose Mourinho spent a considerable sum on his latest signing, the move was hugely sponsored by the sale of German winger Schürrle to Wolfsburg for £24 million. Salah, meanwhile, joined Fiorentina on a six month loan deal replacing Cuadrado. Chelsea were able to get rid of two fringe players and sign a player who will have a great impact on their season as they fight on two major fronts. They currently lead the Premier League by five points and face a Champions League knockout tie with Paris Saint-Germain in two weeks’ time. Cuadrado will be eligible to play in both domestic and European competition which will assist Mourinho in rotating his squad.

Cuadrado has been performing well in Serie A playing under three different teams: Lecce, Udinese and Fiorentina, not only that, but he’s also proven on an international level: His recent performance for Colombia in the last World Cup was phenomenal assisting four goals and scoring another. He’s yet to have a taste of Champions League football, but his performance last season in the Europa League will give Chelsea’s fans hope of performing well.

It’s no surprise that Barcelona were interested in signing him last summer as he’s one of the most dynamic and fastest players around. On his best day, not even the best full-back in the world can do anything to stop him. He has the ability to create chances out of nothing by taking on any defender in the world, he also poses a great threat from counter-attacks, speed coupled with precise passes can be an additional weapon to Chelsea’s star-studded attack. His preferred position is out on the wing but he can also play as a supporting striker who has quite a high work rate.

Despite his talent, he will face a lot of competition at Chelsea from his team-mates who have already made a name for themselves at the club. It’s up to him to prove to us if he can make it at the club or be just a bench-warmer but his past experience tells us that he’ll make it at any club in the world. Barcelona could soon regret not signing him.


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