Chelsea have been poor of late, conceding too many goals and scoring much less than they were in the early part of the season. Much of the blame has been laid on £50 million flop Fernando Torres.
Even with last season’s historic Barcelona goal to make sure Chelsea made it to Munich to win their first Champions League, Chelsea fans have lost faith in their number 9.
However, with 15 goals to his name this season, is it fair that he has been getting this abuse and bad publicity?
Torres has looked an ever so lonely figure in many games this season and has embarked on numerous runs without scoring a goal.
For example, 15 games with 1 goal is not the return rate that Roman Abramovich was after when he brought the Spanish striker.
The acquisition of Demba Ba seems like a last ditch attempt at regaining the fight that Torres showed when Didier Drogba was about.
With a striker to help carry the load, it would seem that this would help Torres recover his form but so far, it has not produced the desired effect. Torres is not his old self and it doesn't look as if this will change.
It is a fact that £50 million was a extortionate sum of money for someone who was on poor form at Liverpool. That has been on his back since he arrived at Stamford Bridge and that is a major factor in why he has not performed to the level he did with the Anfield outfit.
Personally, I believe that Torres needs help on the pitch, not someone waiting to replace him.
I believe if Demba Ba got a start up front with Torres, there might be a different effect. This is because Torres wins headers as flick-ons, when he is up front by himself, no one is there to run onto the ball, therefore it gets knocked back towards the Chelsea defence and so on.
This then forces Torres to drop deep for the ball and attempt to do wonders from the centre circle which rarely pays off. Furthermore, as he loses the ball, he loses confidence and is never in the right place at the right time.
If things stay as they are, there is no way Fernando Torres will live up to the price tag. However, with change at Chelsea, change of formation, change of form of the whole team, then maybe, just maybe, Torres will at least look close to being the man he was at Liverpool.
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