Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has enjoyed being out of the great Didier Drogba's shadow, scoring 18 goals in all competitions this season.
However, the fans still aren't totally satisfied with the Spaniard's performances in certain competitions such as the Club World Cup and Premier League.
With recent performances like the ones against Sunderland and Rubin Kazan - in which he scored two goals - you would start to think that maybe he is starting to rediscover the form he showed at Liverpool under Rafael Benitez, only with a few lapses of inconsistency between.
He has performed when he needed to: equalising at Brentford in the FA Cup, and scoring a winner against Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League.
Torres has scored one goal more than his total for the 2008/09 season with Liverpool, where he enjoyed the peak of his career. However, he did suffer multiple serious injuries that season, meaning you could rule out the link between total goals and his form.
From whatever perspective you view Torres, you would see the difference between what he is now and what he was when he first joined Chelsea in January 2010. Perhaps his best display so far this season was against Steaua Bucharest when he had his nose broken with a kick to the face when he was down, which made him change as a player. He became aggressive and fierce, not afraid to take chances, eventually scoring, but hitting the bar with a penalty. The job was done.
Another fantastic performance more recently came against Rubin Kazan, in which Torres scored twice. The first came after a tackle left him on the ground struggling to find the ball; the second a sublime header from Juan Mata's cross. Both of these with a face mask on protecting his nose. He played consistently well, working hard up both ends of the pitch, getting involved and playing in everyone around him whenever he had the chance.
While Torres may not hit his amazing 33 goal in a season form he had at Liverpool, he certainly is improving, and with Demba Ba will provide a great attacking force for Chelsea no matter what position he is put in.
Torres will always be one of my favourite players as he is always trying in every situation and will continue to try and achieve greater heights in his career.
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