Former Spanish international midfielder Gaizka Mendieta believes Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is getting back to his best.

The forward struggled to make an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge, scoring just one goal for Chelsea last term after his £50 million move in January.

Frustrations appeared set to continue this season with the Blues, but after back-to-back goals against Manchester United and Swansea City, the tide appears to be turning.

“It's great for football that a player like Fernando is coming back. It was difficult for him last season at Chelsea. He moved to London, to a new team that was already built for years, and he had to fit in straight away," Mendieta told talkSPORT.

“Now he’s had a pre-season, he’s been there for a while, he knows everything about Chelsea, about the players, his team-mates know him better, and he's feeling more comfortable about everything.

"You can see that on the pitch. He's more lively and he’s scoring goals, which at the end of the day is what a striker needs."


 

Setbacks have taken their toll on Andre Villas-Boas' hitman though, with an open goal miss at Old Trafford and red card against the Swans leading to public ridicule and now a three-game ban.

However, Torres' returned sharpness in-front of goal can't be questioned, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will be hoping to see a goalscoring return for his huge investment in the player.

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