Fernando Torres backed to be 'King of Stamford Bridge'

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Fernando Torres can succeed Chelsea legend Peter Osgood and become the new 'King of Stamford Bridge', according to former Blues star Alan Hudson.

Osgood is regarded as one of the all-time Chelsea greats having scored 150 goals in 380 games during two spells in west London, during which time he became the poster boy for the FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup team of the early 1970s.

Torres, meanwhile, has struggled to establish himself at Chelsea since his record-breaking move from Liverpool in January 2011, but has demonstrated signs this season that he will prove to be a great asset to the Blues.

The Spaniard is now being backed to etch his name into the annals of Chelsea history, with Hudson believing Torres is the closest the Blues have ever come to finding another Osgood.

Hudson, who featured in the same triumphant Chelsea side as Osgood between 1968 and 1974, sees in Torres many similar traits to the man known as the 'King of Stamford Bridge' and views the 28-year-old as the former No.9's natural heir.

"I've been looking for the new Peter Osgood for a long time because he was the best," Hudson told Reuters. "But I can see things in Torres's game which remind me of my old team mate.

"He's got a nice stride like Osgood and as a goal-scorer and a goal-maker I think he's the closest thing we've had to him. I can't pay him a bigger compliment."

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