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Gary Cahill backs Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao to find top form with Chelsea (Video)

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has backed new teammate Radamel Falcao to rediscover the form that once made him one of the most feared strikers in European football.

The Colombian international has joined the reigning Barclays Premier League champions on a season-long loan deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, despite struggling to hit top form in English football whilst at Manchester United last year.

Falcao’s time at Old Trafford was nothing less than disappointing as he scored just four goals 26 league appearances and failed to convince manager Louis van Gaal to sign him on a permanent basis.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho surprised many by deciding to snap up the 29-year-old earlier in the summer as Falcao has looked a shadow of his former self since sustaining a bad knee injury which caused him to miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Supporters of the West London outfit will hoping the Colombian can recapture the form that put the Blues to the sword in the 2012 Super Cup final, and Cahill has hailed the arrival of the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker:

“Last year, I’m sure he’d say it didn’t go as well as he would have liked or would have planned. You don’t turn into a poor player overnight. He has done it at the top level and he is a top player,” the England international told Sky Sports.

“But this is an easy group to come into. We welcome everyone with open arms. The calibre of player is normally top draw and he fits into that bracket. Hopefully he can hit the ground running for us and score lots of goals,” Cahill added.

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Falcao, who has been given the no.9 shirt for the new season, is likely to be Diego Costa’s understudy for the new campaign and will need to make the most of the opportunities when they come around.

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