Was selling Falcao a mistake for Monaco?
Radamel Falcao’s deadline day move away from Monaco was hardly a surprise, but will they regret cashing in on the Colombian marksman?
Falcao was heavily linked with a move away from the Stade Lous II throughout the summer after entering the final year of his deal but he had to wait until the last day of the transfer window before joining Galatasaray in a €5million deal.
From a business point of view, the sale makes perfect sense for the French club as they have offloaded a high earner and received a reasonable fee for a 33-year-old striker who almost certainly would have departed as a free agent at the end of the campaign.
However, the Colombia international’s goals have been invaluable for Monaco in recent years as he scored 21 goals in 29 Ligue 1 games in the 2016-17 campaign to help them beat Paris Saint-Germain to the French title. Last season, Falcao found the back of the net 15 times in 33 league games to ensure Monaco avoided the drop – including three in the final five games of the season as Les Rouges et Blancs finished just three points clear of the automatic relegation places.
On paper Monaco appear to have strong options in attack to cope with Falcao’s departure but there are question marks over their big-name forwards.
Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic spent much of last season injured, managing just eight league outings and two goals, and hasn’t managed over 10 goals in a season since leaving Fiorentina for a largely forgettable spell at Manchester City way back in 2013.
Henry Onyekuru hit 16 goals in 44 appearances during a loan stint at Galatasaray last season but boss Leonardo Jardim will be wary of putting too much pressure on the 22-year-old Nigeria international in his first season with the club.
Wissam Ben Yedder, a €40million summer capture from Sevilla, could well prove to the man who fills the void left by Falcao and the Frenchman does have a solid record in his homeland, having managed 71 goals in 174 games in a six-year spell with Toulouse before his switch to Spain. Ben Yedder has already opened his account for Monaco and has one goal in two Ligue 1 outings so far.
Despite their relegation troubles last season, Monaco went into the current campaign with hopes of fighting for the European places but they have endured a tough start. The Monégasques sit in 19th spot with just two points to show from four games and may well spend the campaign battling to avoid the drop yet again.
Falcao’s goals will be missed and only time will tell in regards to just how damaging that will be to Monaco.