Chelsea surprisingly loaned Romelu Lukaku to Everton on transfer deadline day, so does the move show faith in Fernando Torres?
There has been regular talk of Jose Mourinho making Lukaku his next first-choice striker at Stamford Bridge since the return of the Belgian.
However, after the big striker completed a deal to join the Toffee's on loan, it's clear Mourinho is content with Torres leading the line.
The Spaniard rounded-off a slick move in Prague on Friday night to give the Blues the lead in the Super Cup final and Torres, who only managed eight Premier League goals last season, is still hoping to find the form that will double or treble that tally by the end of the campaign.
Torres' demise at Chelsea is well-documented but the 29-year-old still has something to offer his team.
Some Chelsea fans will be astonished to see Lukaku go on loan yet again, but the Belgian is still very young and getting more Premier League experience at a top-half club is not a bad outcome. Especially as Chelsea already have three strikers to choose from with the recent signing of Samuel Eto'o.
The current Chelsea team is not reliant on a striker. Yes, it could do with a target-man up front, but the Blues still manage to score goals without a prolific front-man.
Of course the only way that critics will be silenced is if the Chelsea number nine were to begin a run of scoring goals in the league. This would quell the opposition to Torres being the main man at Chelsea.
Chelsea also refused to loan Demba Ba to Arsenal. So what message does this send?
Perhaps Mourinho believes that Torres can galvanise himself this season. Or he thinks Demba Ba could prove the unlikely goalscorer. Or more likely, the 'Special One' is waiting till January to finally get a talismanic striker.
For now though, Mourinho will lead with Torres and stay patient in the hunt for a new forward to build his new team around.
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