Many expected Juan Cuadrado to start from day one, but since arriving from Fiorentina, the Colombian has largely been a fixture on the Chelsea bench. That doesn't seem to have the player too worried, however, and he seems to be enjoying his time with Jose Mourinho and the club:
"I am happy. I am adapting to the city, the game and the new teammates."
"After a change a player needs to be patient. I have just started. I need to work hard and when the chance arrives be ready for it with the help of God. Mourinho has impacted me [for good]. He is an excellent person. With the media, during the interviews, he is a different person but with the players is like a father."
"He told me that besides attacking I need to mark the rivals but I am used to it. In Italy, Montella also told me that I had to defend, not just attack. The Premier League is a little bit different. The transition from defense to attack is very fast."
"But the Colombian players are ready for it. We must be patient and with time you will see the results."
With several Chelsea attackers looking woefully out of form and a good chance that there will be several meaningless matches, it's hard to imagine that Cuadrado won't get some significant opportunities to impress as the season plays out. Here's hoping that he makes the most of those.