Radamel Falcao: Chelsea have taken a 'gamble', claims former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham

The Colombian is hoping to rediscover his form at Stamford Bridge

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Former England striker Teddy Sheringham says Chelsea have taken a "gamble" by signing Radamel Falcao.

The Colombian was snapped up on a season-long loan by Jose Mourinho after Manchester United opted not to take up their option to sign the striker on a permanent basis. That decision was made following a disappointing season at Old Trafford in which Falcao scored just four goals.

Mourinho has said he plans to re-invigorate a striker who once gave defenders nightmares. However, Sheringham believes signing the 29-year-old is a risk.

“It is a gamble. From Falcao’s point of view he had a couple of injuries last year and didn’t have the best of form," the Stevenage FC boss told 888sport.com in an exclusive interview before the new season.

"Either Mourinho has seen something in him that other people haven’t or maybe Man United didn’t use him in the best way. Whatever it is Chelsea will be looking to exploit that.

"He’s obviously a top footballer so it’s just about getting the best out of him.”

Falcao is under added pressure with concerns over the fitness of Chelsea's lead striker Diego Costa. The Spain international missed the Community Shield on Sunday with a hamstring complaint. If absent, Mourinho is left with just Falcao and Loic Remy to call upon.

Read the full interview with Teddy Sheringham at 888sport.com