Time for Torres to get his act together
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres should take a look at himself after drop in form
The one thing that gets me riled over Fernando Torres is the fact he looks like the world is against him when he misses a chance. He throws his hands into the air and looks around, looking for a creative midfielder to blame for not playing an inch-perfect through-ball. Inch-perfect through balls do not come around often and Torres needs to start taking responsibility.
Everyone thought 'El Nino' was back to his best near the start of his season - myself included - as he reached four goals in the first few games. I genuinely thought he had his confidence back; he looked like Liverpool's old number nine again. Unfortunately, the resurgent Torres hid for a while, no longer making the great runs, making space or finishing spectacularly. Me and most of the Chelsea fans were utterly disappointed. When was this £50million pound predator going to make his mark on the club? When was he going to win games for us?
Fortunately, we have five-star attacking midfielders in the likes of Oscar, Mata and Hazard - Mata being the main midfielder that can pop one in time and time again. However, it shouldn't come down to the midfielders to score goals, they should create them for the strikers, but this particular striker isn't there anymore. Soon, maybe even this transfer window, I believe Torres will leave Chelsea. I consider him to be an embarrassment to this football club, we gave him so many chances to get back to his old self but he has failed.
The fans have always been 100% behind Torres, including me. Whenever Torres scores, it is special. The players know this as well. I remember his first goal for Chelsea after something like 700 minutes of game time and everyone went wild, the players piled on top of him and the fans chanted his name once more.
A nice memory, can it be re-lived? Now that we have Demba Ba, I hope this puts pressure on Torres to perform. Ba has been excellent to date, running at defenders, stretching them and allowing those crucial through balls from the three midfielders to come in.
Torres, on the other hand, was watching on the bench looking a shadow of his former self. Good. Let him realise how much danger he is in of losing that starting spot. We need goals to power us through to the finals of the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup - the league title is somewhat out of our reach since the humiliating home defeat to QPR.
Rafael Benitez has said that Ba and Torres can work together in our default 4-2-3-1 formation. I think this is a horrible idea. I really cannot see either player adapting to play a midfield role. It's one or the other for me, with one up front. I'd go with Ba for a couple of games and unleash Torres when he wants to fight for his place and give a damn about this club. But do you agree? Leave a comment below.