The excitement surrounding Manchester United’s deadline day signing of Radamel Falcao is almost unmatched among supporters in recent years of rather forlorn transfer windows.
Falcao’s record at teams such as Porto and Atletico Madrid gave fans every reason to be excited despite a serious knee injury which had kept Falcao out of action since January and meant he missed Colombia’s World Cup campaign.
But the striker was available to make his debut at the first given opportunity against QPR in September and was unlucky not to break his duct a week later in his first start against Leicester when he struck the bar with a brilliant instinctive effort.
His first goal did eventually come against Everton and was greeted by a roar inside Old Trafford as loud as any goal over the course of the past 18 months.
But Falcao was ruled out with a calf problem soon after which meant he missed important games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. The Colombian returned against Hull City at the weekend was once again denied, this time by a brilliant piece of defending.
Another cameo against Stoke City also provided another blank for the 28-year old and concerns are growing among supporters about whether they’ll ever see the best of Falcao this season.
If things don’t improve, United supporters may not see Falcao back at Old Trafford next season given the fee he would command and Louis van Gaal will want to see him prove his fitness if he is to become a permanent part of the Old Trafford squad.
There are no doubts about his talent and fans will hope this is now the beginning of a long run in the first team squad for Falcao, if it is then the goals are sure to come the way United’s attackers are creating chances this season.