Fernando Torres has been at Chelsea for just over a calendar year now and he has managed to score a grand total of 3 goals. Remember we are not talking about Emile Heskey or Shola Ameobi, we are talking about a man who was once considered to be the deadliest number 9 on the planet.
Oh how Torres wishes to return to those days. With goal totals of 82 and 65 for his previous two clubs Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, Chelsea fans must be scratching their collective heads. Should Chelsea keep faith in The European and World Cup winner or should they cut their losses on the Spaniard and ship him to pastures greener?
If it was down to me, I would say that Fernando Torres needs to go, here are a few of my reasons.
If we think back can we remember when Fernando Torres was last on top form? Off of the top of my head I can’t because it has been such a long time but after a bit of research I found out that it has to be in the 2009-2010 season for the Reds. He managed to score 22 goals in all competition but did miss the end of the season due to a knee injury.
He rushed back in order make the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but failed to hit top form and has failed to recapture his best form since then. So, why has it taken Torres so long to get back to his best? Some players who start their careers at a young age suffer from burnout. By the age of 19 Torres was already the captain of Atletico Madrid and was their integral player.
Parallels can be drawn between Torres and two other former Liverpool strikers, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. Both began their Anfield careers at tender ages to much fanfare but by the time they had reached their late 20’s they had certainly pasted their best. With Owen seemingly the 10th choice striker at Old Trafford and with Robbie Fowler currently waiting on a move to Indian Premier League side Howrah Calcutta the omens are not good for the 27-year-old Torres.
When Torres bore down on goal had the chance to strike what could possibly have been the winner against Manchester United last weekend and decided not to pull the trigger it seemed to say it all.
The lack of confidence was there to be seen by everyone. Watching the difference between then and when Torres tormented Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 2009-2010 season you would think you were watching two different players. Chelsea have certainly given Torres enough time to regain his form and confidence yet, he still continues to struggle in front of goal. The striker’s £50 million transfer from Liverpool seems to be weighting heavily on his shoulders and Torres seems to be shrinking under the pressure rather than thriving on it.
To his credit he has kept at it and has managed to assist on a number of goals this season, but this is scant consolation. Nando knows that he wasn’t bought to set up goals, he was bought to score them and the longer he goes without a good run in front of goal the longer it will be before he regains the confidence which is so important to goal scorers.
There are better options for Chelsea both in their current squad and also in the transfer market for a snippet of what Chelsea paid for Torres.
Daniel Sturridge, one of the most promising English players in the game is reportedly unhappy at being played out of position on the right instead of being played through the middle. He has nine league goals, more than Drogba and Torres combined and surely deserves a chance to play through the middle. Newcastle’s Demba Ba is reportedly available for under £10million and Chelsea have a striker they paid almost £20million for in Romelu Lakaku who has barely featured this season.
Roman Abramovich, obviously wants his star signing to find his feet, but how long will he wait before he decides enough is enough. Continuing to preserver with Torres may ultimately be to the detriment of the Blues and their aspirations in the long run.
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