Six months, fifteen appearances, zero goals, one assist and about 360 minutes of total playing time is how Juan Cuadrado's time in England reads. Safe to say, the £23m-man did not live up to expectations. He has now officially returned to the friendly confines of the Serie A, where he had excelled before for Fiorentina.
The low up-front costs for Juventus (€1.5m loan fee for the season) no doubt played a role in this acquisition since the winger doesn't exactly solve their supposed need for a trequartista. The Old Lady continue to be linked with the likes of Julian Draxler and even Riccardo Montolivo.
Should Cuadrado rediscover his abilities, Juventus could stand to reap massive benefits. There are unconfirmed reports that they will have a non-binding option to purchase the winger outright for around €25m. That Chelsea might recoup most of the transfer fees spent on the player, at this point, is a fairly decent proposition.
Good luck, Juan!