Having escaped his Manchester United purgatory, Radamel Falcao will attempt to vindicate his stratospheric pay packet at Chelsea, where he will spend the next season on loan.
A disappointing campaign followed the Colombian’s furore-sparking switch from Monaco to Old Trafford, where the lauded marksman mustered a paltry four Premier League goals as he frittered between the starting XI, subs bench and physio room.
Connections to Blues boss Jose Mourinho, with whom the former Atletico Madrid ace shares an agent, has resulted in a reprieve for the expensive frontman, who has a second chance to prove he can cut it in the English top flight.
At Chelsea he’ll begin life as an alternative option to troublemaking talisman Diego Costa, but given he commands a salary capable to rival the treasuries belonging to small, yet not especially austere states, it’s almost certain Falcao will be afforded more opportunities than last season’s supporting cast members Loic Remy and Didier Drogba.
Judging from the fortunes of those to move between the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ clubs – that is Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham – regularly unleashing the scourge of many a continental defence can only aid the west Londoners’ hopes of further domestic domination.
The graphic above denotes the previous ten players to move between two teams belonging to the elite band of English clubs and seven of them can be considered successes.
Making a case as to how Robin van Persie and Daniel Sturridge have prospered following their inter-big-six switches isn’t necessary, while one-season wonders Craig Bellamy, Raul Meireles and Danny Welbeck all enhanced their trophy cabinets and played regularly during the campaigns that came after transfers.
Elsewhere, the attacking-midfield mastery of Juan Mata proved integral in Man Utd landing a top-four finish in 2014/15 and Emmanuel Adebayor has averaged double figures for every season across his four-year association with Spurs, even if the previous term was endured mostly from the bench.
As far as the not so hot names in the mix are concerned, Victor Moses wasn’t utilised on account of Liverpool switching to a formation he didn’t fit into during the 2013/14 edition, Kolo Toure is an oft-slighted squad player and Bacary Sagna cut an insignificant figure at Man City last term.
All three were procured for pennies, with the latter pair free transfers and the former loaned.
None were never expected to make notable contributions to their respective sides, signed instead to offer cover for established members of the first team.
Falcao may be a loan, but he doesn’t come cheap and, with Chelsea stocking just two strikers (one who is frequently unavailable and one who wants to leave) the Colombian will be heavily involved in the manager’s plans, differentiating him from the three flops in the mix.