Juan Cuadrado made his much anticipated start for Chelsea in the home game against Everton. If early signs were to go by, Cuadrado will have a successful career for the blues as the Colombian played a sparkling game on his first start for Chelsea.
Stats tell us how well Cuadrado did on the night. With a decent 87.2 percent pass completion rate, two shots, three key passes and 62 touches of the ball, he gave the signs of things to come from him once he fully settles in to the team and the league.
Fans were seeing Cuadrado for the very first time in action and they were very happy with what they saw as the former Fiorentina man starred on his home debut. Cuadrado is known to produce piece of magical skills on the pitch and Phil Jagielka was on the receiving end of such an act. Cuadrado made England International look like a school boy defender with just one flick of his boot.
Jagielka was comfortable shielding the Chelse attacker with Cuadrado no where to go but suddenly in an instance The Colombia flicked his boots to turn his direction and he was darting in to Everton’s penalty area. Skills and ability such as these prompted Jose Mourinho to go and get him at the price of £27 Million on the Deadline Day of January Transfer window.
Cuadrado was helped by the Chelsea fans who chanted his name at the loudest voice possible before the kick off giving the new signing an assurance of a longer and smoother stay at Stamford Bridge. Cuadrado started the game well with an early penalty shot against Everton when his shot struck Steven Naismith’s arm and had the appeals been any louder perhaps Chelsea would have earned an early penalty.
The decision did not affect Cuadrado as he kept showing his clas on the pitch shuffling his place in the front three of Chelsea’s attack. Cuadrado looked comfortable on the ball be it playing from the Left, Right or centrally. Perhaps the biggest reason Mourinho went out and signed him was his adapbility to play in different positions and it was on show during the Everton game how he interchanged with Hazard and Willian.
Above all of these stats and skills, thing which would have please Mourinho the most was Cuadrado’s willingness to go out and help his defender. Ivanovic always had The Colombian International protecting his position. Seeing such vigour and class from Cuadrado he could be one the very best for Chelsea in years to come.