With Diego Costa struggling to fire for club and country, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that Radamel Falcao could be handed a start against Everton on Saturday after scoring his first goal for the Blues before the international break.
The Colombia international has featured in all four of his side’s Premier League fixtures, but is yet to appear from the start.
He scored a fine diving header in the defeat against Crystal Palace two weeks ago, and could see his efforts rewarded with his name on Mourinho’s starting XI when the reigning English champions visit Goodison Park for Saturday’s early 12.45pm kick off.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Mourinho said: “Of course he has (a chance),” as quoted by the Daily Express.
“When a player is on the bench and is coming in every game, because he’s coming (on) in every game that we play.
“He’s a player that is there. The difference between being on the bench and playing is not a big distance to be in the starting line-up.
“Yes, he works hard, he works very professionally every day, so yes he can start a game for sure.”
With Falcao now in with a chance at a start, Loic Remy must be wondering what on earth he has to do to get a look in.
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Chelsea have won just four points from as many games thus far this season, in what has been a terrible start to their title defence, having already suffered two defeats.
A major concern for Mourinho has been his side’s defence, with nine goals having been conceded, and Everton will be out to heap further pressure on the west London giants.