Last Season the Chelsea striker was known mainly for the permanent sulk, embarrassing misses, poorly timed runs and energy levels so low that he looked like he had just heard his kitten had been run over – twice.
During his time at Liverpool Torres was largely known as a confidence player who played on his emotions. If he was in the right frame of mind he was the most devastating striker in the world. Everyone, especially on Merseyside remember his many goals and perhaps most of all his torturing of Vidic at OT; his goal of the season against Blackburn Rovers and not forgetting his Anfield debut goal, ghosting past his future captain Terry.
Torres is like a needy girlfriend, a player who needs to feel wanted and appreciated. A man who craves adoration and to be told how good he is so he can wallow in his ego.
I couldn’t see his arrival at Chelsea bringing such praise. Not so much by the fans but more so by the players, especially those who’s position he came to take. If there were two strikers in the EPL who could match Torres for goals and sulks it is fellow Chelsea strikers Drogba and Anelka.
If Villa Boas wanted to get the best out of Torres then he had to do what Rafa did and heap praise on him. The last thing he should have done was buy another striker. A sure sign he thinks Torres is not capable of supplying the goals he once did.
Kalou, Surridge and Anelka can all play wide. Drogba and Torres can’t play wide and they sure cannot play as a partnership as their both to similar. So where are they going to fit into Villa Boas’s plans… are they even in his long term plans?
I doubt Chelsea will get any sort of return from Torres, neither in goals or shirt sales and definitely not on sell on value. The only one to benefit from this whole sorry saga is his former employers Liverpool.
£50 million what fine piece of business.