There is no doubt that Juan Cuadrado is a fantastic player, and made an excellent replacement for Andre Schurrle, but unless Jose Mourinho can put him in for an entire match, Chelsea would not be able to see the capability of Cuadrado. It would be a waste of £26.3 million.
First, if Mourinho does not use to his real capacity, it would have been a waste of It is customary for larger clubs to spend enormous sums of money on available players. This is exactly what Mourinho did when Juan Cuadrado was available from Fiorentina. Yet, common sense would make Mourinho realize that this giant amount of money would be wasted if Cuadrado’s skills were not put to good use. If the current situation goes on, Chelsea would be wasting wages, time, and their initial transfer fee on an undervalued substitute player.
Furthermore, the argument Mourinho made, which explained his reasoning behind subbing Cuadrado, is a terrible excuse at best.
Mourinho is aware of his player’s lack of playing time. He explained, “I know Italy and I know the difference between Italy and England. His formation, his development, his experience – everything was in Italy.” Yet Cuadrado, for club and country, scored 14 goals in 42 games as an attacking midfielder, not even as a striker. Even Mourinho cannot deny that if he was given more time during matches, he would be able to prove his excellence.
However, we must give Mourinho some credit. He has an astounding lead over the rest of the Premier League clubs, and has practically won the Premier League even with the season has three matches left. Plus, he has been running Chelsea for years, and has made successful transfers in the past.
There is still hope for Juan Cuadrado, but Mourinho must act quickly.
Columnist: Aaditya Divekar