Radamel Falcao is in line to make his Manchester United debut this weekend when the Red Devils host QPR.
The Old Trafford faithful will be hoping he takes to Premier League football in the same vein as Diego Costa, the heir to his Atletico Madrid throne, has done at Chelsea.
With four goals in three games, the Brazilian-born Spanish sharpshooter hasn’t hung around in attempting to justify his side’s £32m outlay and, given his sizeable headstart, there’s no doubting the value of bwin.com’s 1/2 about Costa scoring more league goals than his Colombian counterpart.
While that does rate as an enticing proposition, the 2/1 about Falcao besting his former teammates’ tally remains well worth getting involved with.
In the one full season both were stationed at the Vicente Calderon, the loaned out Monaco man registered 18 more league goals than his Stamford Bridge-based foe, who found himself deployed on the left of midfield, if he made the team at all, during Falcao’s Los Colchoneros tenure.
His four full campaigns in Europe yielded hauls of 25, 16, 24 and 28.
Costa, by contrast, has only managed one comparable tally in his entire career, the 27 he scored in firing Atletico to the unlikeliest of La Liga crowns last term.
A weekly sufferer of hamstring injuries, it’s inconceivable to think the Chelsea man will be fit for all 38 of his side’s games, giving Falcao ample opportunity to reel in his adversary’s head start.
He has the most prolific assister in Europe’s top five leagues creating his chances in Angel Di Maria, who set up 17 La Liga goals for Real Madrid in 2013/14, while the likes of Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney are no novices in the conjuring stakes either.
Eden Hazard (seven) and Fernando Torres (five) were the only Chelsea players to register at least five league assists last time around.
Cesc Fabregas’ arrival can counteract this lack of creativity somewhat, but a striker who has bagged 104 goals in 139 games in Europe simply must be worth a bet in this market.