Monaco have warned Tottenham that Radamel Falcao is getting back to his best after two years of frustration in English football.
Ahead of Spurs’ first Champions League group game against the Ligue 1 side at Wembley on Wednesday, Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho and manager Leonardo Jardim have said the striker has recovered from his poor spell in England.
Falcao arrived at Manchester United in 2014 with a reputation as one of the world’s most lethal strikers but scored only four times during a season-long loan before joining Chelsea on a similar deal.
There he played even less football, scoring only once before Chelsea also chose not to sign him on a permanent basis.
After returning to parent club Monaco, Falcao is again playing first-team football. He has yet to rediscover the level that made him so highly thought of, but both his team-mate Moutinho and coach Jardim believe it is only a matter of time before he does.
Moutinho, who also revealed he came within “a few short minutes” of joining Spurs from Porto in 2012, said: “It’s true that he probably didn’t have his greatest spell in football while he was here, but he was injured a lot of the time so didn’t manage a lot of minutes on the field.
“The Falcao that I’m seeing right at the moment is a Falcao that’s really determined and working very hard, and in a good moment with how he’s playing.
“Let’s hope he puts in a good performance, maybe scores a goal or creates a couple of assists, that’d be great. Certainly the Falcao we’re seeing now is on form.”
Jardim added: “I’m convinced Falcao will get back to the level we saw him playing at Porto and Atletico Madrid. Certainly the work he is putting in to achieve this bodes well for the future and he is certainly striving hard to get back to how he was playing.
“He could feature (against Tottenham) and if he does, we’ll see how he is, and how he evolves during the game. We’ve got other ways of setting up. If he has to come off, we’ve got other solutions on the bench. We’ll see how things go.”