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Keane tips Torres to turn things around

Keane tips Torres to turn things around (©GettyImages)
Keane tips Torres to turn things around (©GettyImages).

When Fernando Torres arrived at Chelsea for £50 million from Liverpool, many thought the Spaniard would set the world alight – leading the Blues to glory on a European scale.

However, things have not quite gone to plan for Torres. A scapegoat for the media with only five goals for the London club, it would seem the 27 year-old would has no admirers.

But, former Spurs and current LA Galaxy front man Robbie Keane has come out stating the Chelsea striker will turn things round.

Keane, 31, who played with Torres in his short time an Anfield, said: “At this moment in time, it's not going too well for him, he's not scoring, but whether it's the system of the team or that his confidence has gone, I'm not really too sure.

"I can only judge him on when I played with him and how good he was and the goals he scored."

At Liverpool, Torres proved to be emphatic in front of goal with 81 goals for the club – including 33 in his first season after his move from Athletico Madrid.

Torres became one of the most feared strikers around in both the Premier League and world football, which asks the question how someone of that clear talent can ‘turn’ into a bad player overnight.

The Irishman went on to suggest the continuing battle with Didier Drogba as Chelsea’s first choice striker is not helping the cause.

"Maybe the manager chopping and changing all the time hasn't helped him. There's no question he is certainly low on confidence.”

However, during the African Cup of Nations, Torres did have his opportunity to stamp his authority on the side with Drogba absent from the side as he represented the Ivory Coast .

In this period, World Cup winner Torres failed to impress, scoring no goals in what has been a torrid time for both the player and club on a whole.

Keane admitted it is not nice to see a player of such high quality struggle and hopes he can turn it around.

He said: "I just hope he can get back to scoring goals like he does - I think everyone wishes that whether you are a Chelsea fan or not.

"He is a great, great fella and I really wish he turns it around - and I am sure he will, there is no question about it.”

Torres will have to prove his worth at both club and national level, as this week the 27 year-old was left out of the Spanish squad by Vicente Del Bosque as they prepare to face South American outfit Venezuala .

When asked about his decision, Del Bosque said: “He is a lad we appreciate a great deal and it pains me to leave him out but I wanted to be fair.”

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