Chelsea striker Fernando Torres must begin a run of Premier League goalscoring soon if he is to maintain the forward role under new boss Jose Mourinho and avoid being axed.
The misfiring number nine struggled to create chances in front of goal in Chelsea's 2-0 win at home to Hull City and continued to look demoralised when he made small mistakes.
Torres scored just eight goals in last season's Premier League and although he managed a total of 23, the Spanish international got most of these in the Europa League.
It seems the once feared 'El Nino' could lose his spot for good should Mourinho begin to favour the promising and direct talent of Romelu Lukaku who scored 17 league goals on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season.
It is also no secret that Chelsea are looking to improve their centre forward collection by attempting to acquire Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney having already had two bids rejected.
The lack of faith in Torres is undeniable and with the Chelsea squad now boasting an array of attacking prowess, Torres doesn't have a lot of time to win Mourinho's faith.
Torres was instrumental in the penalty decision that earned Frank Lampard the chance to open the scoring as he ran in behind the Hull defence and headed the ball away from the onrushing Allan McGregor who caught the forward.
Chelsea dominated with 23 attempts on the City goal with a reply of just seven from the visitors but very few of these were from Torres who seemed lively but lacking in directness and prowess.
Mourinho built his previous Chelsea side around the hold-up play and strength of Didier Drogba and 'The Special One' could not be blamed for seeing the same potential in Lukaku who immediately after coming on, initiated a chance for another new addition in Andre Schurlle.
The Blues also have Demba Ba as a striking option. With weekend goals from strikers across the country such as Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck, Christian Benteke, Roberto Soldado and Olivier Giroud, it seems Torres could be falling further down the pecking order of the Premier League's best forwards.
Time is against the ex Liverpool man who must open his account while he still has the chance. Rafael Benitez is a friend of Torres and last seasons interim coach afforded his fellow countryman every possible chance up top.
Mourinho is far more ruthless and will not hang around in improving his new Chelsea team. It seems Torres could be becoming the new Andriy Schevchenko, a player loved by owner Roman Abramovich but one who had little worth to Mourinho and was therefore edged out over time.
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