But Andre Villas-Boas insists he still has complete faith in his misfiring Spanish striker, and says the £50million man will be given time to settle at Stamford Bridge.
The days where Torres was regarded as one of the most feared forwards in the Barclays Premier League seem a distant memory, after a return of just five goals for the Blues in 25 appearances.
"Fernando will come back to his best. We are confident of that," said Villas-Boas. "This is a talent that's never in doubt, but it is related to motivation. We have to be patient and turn it round.
"But it is only something that comes from self-confidence, motivation and hitting the back of the net.
"By motivation, I mean the feeling of putting the ball in the net more often. Motivation in the sense of the way you feel on pitch and goals you score."
The form of Didier Drogba is one reason that Torres is currently kicking his heels on the Chelsea bench, and Villas-Boas admits the Spaniard could learn from the approach of his teammate.
"For me, it's indifferent who puts it in the net," he added. "I always decide for the benefit of the team. I just want Chelsea to be top of the league as soon as possible.
"But any player wearing the number nine on his back [as Torres does] lives for goals. Fernando and Didier can tell you exactly that.
"Strikers are the most selfish people in the world, and rightly so because they put the ball in the net.
"Finding the back of the net is important for any striker. It has had a major impact on Didier's run. Fernando will have to be the same."