Chelsea’s major January signing Juan Cuadrado has called for patience as the winger continues to struggle with the rigours of the Premier League since arriving from Fiorentina in the January transfer window.
Cuadrado has only started two league games since his January arrival and is yet to get off the mark for the Blues in what is a decisive period for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Chelsea fans must be questioning the decision to swap the previously dispensable Mohamed Salah for Cuadrado with the Egyptian on fire for Fiorentina, scoring four goals in 11 appearances.
“I am happy. I am adapting to the city, the game and the new teammates” Cuadrado said (via the Mirror).
“The Premier League is a little bit different to the Italian league. The transition from defence to attack is very fast.
“After a change a player needs to be patient. I have just started. I need to work hard and when the chance arrives be ready for it.”
Cuadrado will be well aware that he will be awarded little time to get it right and only needs to look at the man he has replaced to remember that.
Salah joined Chelsea last January and only lasted 12 months under Mourinho.
The Colombian has acknowledged what he needs to work and will certainly need to justify his £24m price-tag soon.