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Radamel Falcao reborn with AS Monaco after two-year exile

Saturday 19th November 2016
AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao opened the scoring in a 3-0 win away to Lorient in Friday's French Ligue 1 clash to help send his top of the table. This excellent start to the season shows a reborn El Tigre at the top of his game - directly after failing at both Manchester United and Chelsea over recent times.
The Colombian international has been prolific this campaign after two seasons of poor form and injury woes in the Premier League. He failed to forge a move away from the Stade Louis II. But despite the exile, Falcao has been welcomed back by Monaco with open arms and is repaying the club in emphatic fashion.

The 30-year-old has scored nine goals in 11 games in all competitions; four more than he scored for former sides Chelsea (2015/16) and Manchester United (2014/15) combined, and looks reborn under manager Leonardo Jardim. The Monaco boss had not long been in the job before Falcao joined Manchester United on loan, but is now enjoying the South American centre-forward's return in 2016/17.
In his pomp, 'El Tigre' had the reputation for being a marksman in front of goal and a big-game player. He scored important goals in important matches and always seemed to bury any clear-cut opportunity that came his way. Having scored 24 league goals in 33 games in 2011/12 and 28 goals in 34 games in 2012/13, both for former side Atletico Madrid, Falcao's fall from grace was dramatic.

He hasn't scored double figures in terms of league goals since leaving the Spanish La Liga giants in 2013 and has struggled for match sharpness as a result of a lack of playing time in the Premier League. Falcao's spells at Manchester United and Chelsea led to him being subsidiary in both sides and ultimately forgotten about in the second-half of the campaign.

For United (2014/15), Falcao made just 14 Premier League starts and was frequently subbed off in the majority of games. At Chelsea, he started just one Premier League match in 2015/16, racking up a paltry 228 minutes of playing time over the entire course of the season.
After his troubled time in England, and Monaco's ongoing acceptance to let Falcao chase a permanent move away from the club, the Colombian was tipped for a switch to the United States to play Major League Soccer - as well as rumours linking him to China. But surprisingly, Monaco brought him back to the club and have been getting the best from him on the pitch with Falcao showcasing some excellent form.

It's easy to forget the 30-year-old set Monaco back around £50M in 2013 on a five-year deal worth $23M per annum so the French Ligue 1 giants are keen to get some return from the marquee signing. He didn't garner a big-money move to a Premier League giant as planned when he requested a transfer but has turned his career around in the principality to somewhat repay Monaco back.

Radamel Falcao's goals have helped the club to the top of the table early on this season and he's become an unlikely hero after his impressive form in recent months, but can he maintain in over the course of the campaign?
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.


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