Fernando Torres: A new type of player?

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Too many articles have been written about Fernando Torres and his shortcomings at Chelsea.

After his amazing performance against Rubin Kazan and the positive impact he had after coming off the bench in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City, is it fair to say that Torres is back?

The answer of course is no, and I will tell you the reasons. We have to face the fact that no more is he the striker he was at Liverpool. He has lost his killer instinct, he trembles in front of the goalkeeper and his lack of confidence is staggering.

Yes, he showed ability with his passing - the assist made to Ramires during Chelsea's game with Wigan was class, but Torres is not the player of old.

Speaking to ESPN, Torres admitted: "I am a different type of striker than in the past," and he's absolutely right. He can't seem to carry the burden of leading Chelsea's front line on his own like he used to do at Liverpool and like  Didier Drogba did before him at Chelsea.

In my opinion, the role he can suit most now is the second striker because he can use his speed and his dribbling ability to dodge the defenders and give an assist to the centre forward.

For all the criticism thrown Torres' way, you cannot fault his recent resurgence and his passion and willingness to improve is unquestionable. "I had team-mates who didn’t care if the team won or lost because they were not playing," said Torres when speaking to El Pais.

"I never wanted to be like that. But one day I discovered that I was like them; that it didn’t matter if we won or lost if I was not playing."

If Torres continues to show the same heart and desire in the blue of Chelsea, it's time to stop these damning assessments of his ability (or lack of). No longer is he the 30-goal striker he once was at Liverpool.

Instead, he has adapted his game to become a team player. Just because he isn't as prolific as the Atletico Madrid/Liverpool era, Torres is still a good player and deserves more respect.


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