With Falcao getting another chance to prove himself at Chelsea. How have other Columbians fared?

Surprisingly, only 10 Columbians have played in the Premier league. Something which shocks me given the strength of Columbia as a footballing nation and that the Barclays Premier league draws in talent from across the globe. So i’ve tracked them down, and the results have been decidedly varied.

THE SUCCESS STORIES

Hugo Rodallega

Rodallega was a favourite at Wigan.

Rodallega was a favourite at Wigan.

Hugo Rodallega joined Dave Whelan’s Wigan when they were struggling in 2008, he then helped give them 5 more years of Premier League football which they probably shouldn’t have ever had. Being involved in one relegation scrap after another Wigan stayed up thanks in large part to Rodallega’s strange knack of scoring against fellow strugglers. Scoring the most important one of which against Stoke on the last day of the 2010-11 season to secure Wigan’s safety. Often played out wide a return of 24 premier league goals was pretty decent for a guy playing in a poor team. He went down with fulham but continues to score in the championship, keeping them from dropping down to league one and giving the club a chance to fight again next year to get back to the big time.

Verdict – Success

Tino Asprilla

Asprilla was an incredibly popular player in the late 90's.

Asprilla was an incredibly popular player in the late 90’s.

Probably the most successful Columbian to play in the Premier league, Faustino Asprilla was named the 6th best player in the world by FIFA in his prime. Bought from Parma, Asprilla became a key part of the successful Newcastle side that challenged for the Premier League under Kevin Keegan. A cult hero on tyneside, he is remembered for his pace and skill along with a hat trick against Barcelona which saw his status as a Newcastle great written into the history books. Often remembered for his playboy antics, Asprilla will always be remembered by the Toon and though it was a short spell, leaving in 1998, he is remembered well.

Verdict – Success

Carlos Sanchez

The tough defensive midfielder joined at the start of last season and hasn’t looked back since. After becoming a core member of the Aston Villa Side that reached the FA cup final, Sanchez has proved himself a tough tackler assisting Villa’s terrible defensive issues. Though the team needs tweaking Carlos is likely to remain a part of the Villa side Tim Sherwood is building. Seemingly comfortable in the UK, Carlos can surely only go on from strength to strength.

Carlos Sanchez

Verdict – Success

Hamilton Ricard

The crazy columbian has been involved in controversy throughout his career. Arguably one of the most cosmopolitan journeymen in the game, Ricard played for over 10 clubs in 10 separat countries, including most notably middlesborough between 1998 and 2002, where he finished as Boro’s top scorer twice. A player with strong aerial presence and a powerful shot, Ricard won over the fans before leaving when Steve McLaren took over the reigns on Teesside. Since Ricard has traveled all of the world playing in countries as wide as Bulgaria to China. In 2005 he was banned for twelve months for attacking a referee, but Middlesborough still remembers him well.

Ricard is remembered well on Teesside.

Ricard is remembered well on Teesside.

Verdict – Success

Juan Pablo Angel

Angel was Aston Villa's spearhead for years.

Angel was Aston Villa’s spearhead for years.

Another Villain on the list, Juan Pablo Angel was bought into Villa Park for £9 million as a club record signing and did not disappoint. Scoring over 60 goals for the club Angel headed up the midland side for the duration of the early 00’s and is remembered for scoring over 20 goals in the 2003/04 season. Though his form didn’t last, he is known as one of the better players in Aston Villa’s premier league history. He later went to the MLS and retired after a lengthy career at the ripe old age of 39 last year.

Verdict – Success

David Ospina

A player close to my heart, and a firm fan favourite at Arsenal with one of the more inventive chants in the premier league, David Ospina established himself last year as Arsenal’s No 1 in stellar fashion. Displacing Wojciech Sczcesny in the process, the columbian stopper ended up having the highest clean sheet percentage in the premier league. Even though it seems his time may have come to an end with Petr Cech’s arrival from Chelsea, he did an outstanding job for the Gunners and will doubtless have many suitors if he does indeed decide to move on.

Ospina

THE FLOPS

Radamel Falcao

The Columbian may get another chance at Chelsea

The Columbian may get another chance at Chelsea

In 2012 Falcao was the hottest property in Europe, having scored 52 goals in 68 games for Atletico Madrid and tormented La Liga all year he was seen as arguably the deadliest striker around. Fast forward to now and one ACL injury later Monaco are trying to offload him to quite literally everyone. Though the talent is obviously there, given his meagre return of 4 goals in 26 appearances he has been deemed by most to be a flop in Manchester. Whether it was the tactics or just the fact injury and age are taking their toll his stint at Old Trafford probably didn’t go as he would have hoped. Hopefully he’ll get another chance at Chelsea to prove to everyone he’s still got it.

Juan Cuadrado

Cuadrado has found chances at chelsea limited

Juan Cuadrado joined Chelsea in a deal which could reach as high as £26 million. That was back in January, but since then he has only made 12 league appearances for Chelsea. A star at Fiorentina, big things were expected of the winger but maybe its just a matter of him needing a transition period. One things for sure is that given Mohamed Salah’s form going the other way to Serie A, patience with Cuadrado may soon run out.

Verdict – Flop

Pablo Armero

Armero's stint at Upton Park didn't go to plan

Armero’s stint at Upton Park didn’t go to plan

Pablo Armero joined West Ham for a 6 month loan in 2014. A Columbian international with over 60 caps who had played for Udinese and Napoli in Serie A, he was expected to do well. However after playing just 5 games and conceding a penalty against Crystal Palace he was openly criticised by Sam Allardyce and was dropped. He went back to Italy and played for Columbia in the world cup reaching the Quarter finals. Clearly a good player maybe England just wasn’t for him.

Verdict – Flop

Jhon Viáfara 

The less said about Viáfara the better. Signed after some brilliant performances in the 2004 Copa libertadores for £2.2 million by Portsmouth, the defensive midfielder only lasted 6 months before being loaned to Real Sociedad. After which he was sold to local rivals southampton where to be fair to him he became a regular in the championship. After leaving he went back to south America, but he never achieved the potential he showed scoring in the 2004 Libertadores final against Boca Juniors, and is hardly even remembered by the Pompey faithful.

Verdict – Flop

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