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Fernando Torres: A look at his Chelsea career

Torres cost Chelsea £50m (©GettyImages)
Torres cost Chelsea £50m (©GettyImages).

Anyone remember transfer deadline day in January 2011? Chelsea fans will remember it as the day they signed a player who would be constantly scrutinised by the media.

I'm not talking about the ever-wild David Luiz. Fernando Torres was the subject of a record breaking £50m transfer from Liverpool and under the hard pressure from that titanic price-tag has failed to show £50m worth of football.

Torres had a staggering wait for his first goal in blue but it eventually came on the 23 April 2011 against West Ham under the floodlights of a rain-soaked Stamford Bridge pitch as part of a 3-0 win, this was his only Chelsea goal that season.

The 2011/12 season saw probably the lowest point of Torres's career with an unbelievable miss against Manchester United at Old Trafford after scoring earlier in the game. Unfortunately this set a benchmark for most of the season.

Torres then took a place in Chelsea's history and hearts, rescuing the Blues from the wrath of the Barcelona pressure by scoring the breakaway goal that put the game out of the Catalans' reach and gave Chelsea a place in the Champions League final.

He followed this up with a hat-trick in a heated 6-1 victory over local rivals QPR. Torres came off the bench in the Champions League final and looked dangerous, he was the man who won the corner which lead to Drogba's late equaliser. Torres shied away from taking a penalty in the shootout. He ended the season with a dismal 11 goals in 49 games.

With Drogba's departure, Torres was now the lead striker for the 2012/13 season and instantly things looked up for him, most notably a fantastic goal against Newcastle early in the season.

Torres and Chelsea then enjoyed an unbeaten run which then ended in controversial circumstances as Manchester United ran away 3-2 winners after a clear offside goal was not chalked off then Torres was unfairly judged to have dived and was subsequently sent off.

Then with Di Matteo, Torres's goals left and he went 11 hours without scoring before ending that drought with two goals in the Champions League, then scored a further two against Sunderland ending an eight-game drought in the Premier League game.

After Chelsea bought Demba Ba from Newcastle, Torres has seen most of his game time come in the Europa League. He netted the winner against Steaua and has altogether scored five goals in the Europa League which has led to a minor return of form.

He has also helped Chelsea into the Europa League final with a crucial goal against Basel. Torres is currently Chelsea's highest scorer with 20 goals.

Talk continues of Torres's departure from the Bridge in the summer with the Spaniard being linked to his former club Atletico Madrid in a swap deal for Radamel Falcao.

How do you think Torres has done at Chelsea? Will he ever find his old form?

 

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