When Fernando Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50 million, many expected great things from the Premier League's record signing.
Unfortunately, the only nickname he has received since joining the Stamford Bridge outfit in January 2011 is the '£50 million flop'.
The main reason for this is the fact that he has only scored 14 goals in his 74 games for Chelsea. Since selling Didier Drogba, Chelsea have had a bit of trouble getting a striker to score goals and Frank Lampard currently tops the scoring charts for Chelsea with 12 goals in the Premier League compared to Torres' seven.
The reasons for redemption? Torres' goals in the Champions and Europa Leagues. The Spanish international striker put the final nail in Barcelona's coffin by scoring in the 90th minute to ensure Chelsea went through to the Champions League final last season, beating Bayern Munich on penalties to be crowned champions.
A very similar event happened against Steaua Bucharest this season, when Torres scored in the 71st minute to play his part in securing Chelsea's passage into the next round, even if he did miss a penalty 15 minutes later.
The truth is, however many vital goals he scores, Chelsea need someone who is consistent and Torres isn't that guy. Having said that, it seems that the goal and kick to the nose against Steaua Bucharest had him pumped up for the last 20 minutes of the game, and that was arguably the best 20 minutes we've seen from Torres since he joined the west London side.
Has this sparked the return of a once unstoppable striker? Torres' performance at Southampton on Saturday suggests otherwise, but we need to give him a second chance to see if he's capable of returning to the form that prompted Chelsea's mega-rich Russian owner Roman Abramovich to rubber stamp a £50m move to lure him from Liverpool.
What do you guys think? Do the important goals outweigh Torres' lack of consistency and failure to find the net on a regular basis? Or should Abramovich look to sell 'El Nino' in the summer after a disappointing stint in the capital? Only time will tell.
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