Amongst all the excitement, denial, sadness, fear, and lastly hope which marked the arrival of Falcao to Chelsea, not much was given into the fact that another player has left Chelsea for first team football.
According to reports published in the Dailymail, the Croatian International, Mario Pasalic has been loaned to Monaco, as part of the Radamel Falcao deal which have the Colombian arriving at the Bridge for a season-long loan. The midfielder is travelling to Monaco, and will sign the loan deal once his medical is complete on Thursday. The timing of the loan and the Falcao deal certainly tells that this deal was finalized along with Falcao.
Mario Pasalic, now 20, is a box to box or holding midfielder, who signed for Chelsea at the beginning of the 2014-15 season for a fee of around 3 million pounds. Pasalic has had 34 appearances for Elche this season, scoring three goals in the process. With over 2300 minutes, he established himself in the first team of the La Liga relegation survivors, but the team was relegated afterwards due to financial problems. Still, the experienced he gained, competing against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona will only help him in the long run.
Playing in Ligue 1 after the La Liga is a brilliant learning curve for the youngster. Although the La Liga is considered more competitive than the French Ligue 1; playing in a Champions League club after playing for a relegation threatened one is certainly a big leap in the right direction.
Pasalic is a good talent, but it’ll take him a really good loan to come anywhere near the First team next season. We already have enough quality depth in his position and considering the likes of Van Ginkel, Romeu, Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek haven’t done a lot bad either; Pasalic will have to prove himself big time to have a real shot with the Blues. Hopefully, he does himself good for the French outfit and gets some quality minutes instead of just warming the benches. All the best, Pasalic!
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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