One of the epitomes of Chelsea's remarkable start to a season (for all the wrong reasons) is Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. El Tigre arrived thanks to José Mourinho's trust in being able to help the player turn around his career despite the always ominous ACL injury (especially at Falcao's age) and the lack of success during his loan spell at Manchester United last season. Unfortunately for the manager, The Falcao Experience at Chelsea has not seen much else other than utter failure. There had been rumblings of the loan coming to a premature end in January before; now the latest according to ESPN is that Chelsea are considering cancelling the player's loan altogether.
Even though ESPN claims that Falcao himself is open to the idea of moving away from Chelsea, an early cancellation would probably require the blessing of Monaco as well, who may not be so agreeable. The Ligue 1 side are not able to afford Falcao's wages anymore, so they would presumably need to line up another loan or some other financial arrangement. Fortunately, we've got super-agent Jorge Mendes greasing all the wheels, so perhaps there is hope.
Chelsea have been linked with a few players that might fill Falcao's role in the squad, including well-known players and South American prospects. But while this might be a tiring topic to bring up, the non-homegrown space left by the striker's departure could be filled with a player in a position of greater need, such as the midfield. Meanwhile, we could take a good look at having home-grown players such as Patrick Bamford serve as our second or third-choice striker for the remainder of the season.