A long 63 days after signing for Chelsea on loan from Corinthians, Alexandre Pato finally made his debut this weekend.
Pato’s Blues bow was somewhat enforced. With no.1 frontman Diego Costa suspended, Guus Hiddink opted to start Loic Remy as his lone striker against Aston Villa on Saturday.
But when Remy pulled up injured in the early stages at Villa Park, Hiddink had to choose between Pato and fellow long-time bench-warmer Radamel Falcao.
Hiddink decided to call on Pato, seemingly sending Falcao’s self-esteem through the floor.
Falcao’s reaction to being snubbed in favour of Pato – which you can see in the video above, was priceless.
The poor bloke must now be in no doubt that his is Chelsea’s fourth-choice striker – not a very important position in a team who play 4-2-3-1.
Falcao has featured in 11 games for Chelsea this season, but he has only started two of those games.
The Colombian has scored just once – in a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in August last year.
So – harsh as it is because of his lack of starts – Falcao’s Chelsea strike-rate is a lowly 9.09% (one in 11).
Conversely, Pato now boasts a 100% strike-rate for the Blues, having converted a spot-kick in first-half stoppage time, after being fouled by Aly Cissokho in the penalty area.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro scored Chelsea’s other goals in an easy 3-0 win over the Premier League’s bottom side.
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