Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has tipped Radamel Falcao to return to top form during his season-long loan at Stamford Bridge.
The Ghana superstar has backed Jose Mourinho to succeed where Louis van Gaal failed and help the Colombia rediscover his goal-scoring form.
AS Monaco frontman Falcao spent last season on loan at Manchester United, but was wholly unable to demonstrate the quality that had once made him one of the most featured attackers in the European game.
He managed just four Premier League goals at Old Trafford, and it was little surprise when the Red Devils offered not to make his lucrative temporary spell from the Club of the Principality permanent.
However, Falcao’s struggles in Manchester didn’t dissuade Mourinho from bringing the Colombian to Stamford Bridge, and the Portuguese coach will surely be hoping that he can help the ex-FC Porto hitman back to his best.
Essien, speaking to The Guardian, explained why he was wholly confident that the former Real Madrid manager would succeed in getting the best out of the 29-year-old striker.
“[Mourinho] knows how to get the best out of his players,” Essien began, “how to say the right thing, how to motivate them.
“He will get him back to the Falcao everybody knows.”
The South American, who will arrive at Stamford Bridge ostensibly as a replacement for the departed Didier Drogba, scored 52 league goals in 68 La Liga outings during two seasons with Atletico Madrid.
If Mourinho can help the forward rediscover that level of return, the Pensioners should be a safe bet to retain their Premier League crown.