After scoring 81 goals in just 142 games at Liverpool, Chelsea broke their transfer record to bring Fernando Torres to the club for a fee of £50m.

With star striker Didier Drogba reaching the end of his Chelsea career, the Blues wanted a suitable replacement to lead their line and score them important goals for future success.

But Torres struggled and scored just the one goal in his first half season at Stamford Bridge after joining on January 31, transfer deadline day.

The following season he mainly played second fiddle to Drogba as Chelsea won the FA Cup and the Champions league, trophies Torres joined the club for.

The Spaniard kept on being criticised and goals came around very rarely. He didn’t start the FA Cup or Champions League finals, only coming on in the second half in the latter.

But Torres won the corner that Chelsea scored from in the final and put in a decent shift. After hours of celebrating winning the Champions league, with his Chelsea teammates, Torres insisted he was going to stay with Chelsea, despite not starting in any finals that year.

Drogba left Chelsea shortly after and stated that Torres would be the main man at the Bridge the following season.

Torres did become Chelsea’s first-choice striker last season and maybe didn’t have as bad a season as people say.

For a start, he netted 22 goals in all competitions, making him Chelsea’s top scorer that year for the first time in his time at the club.

He started off by chipping Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon in the Community Shield. He then scored in his first two home league games of the season before netting big goals away to Arsenal in the league and home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Goals continued to come and he netted a couple of goals in the Capital One Cup shortly before his first Club World Cup goal, against Mexican side Monterey.

He became Chelsea’s star player in their Europa League success by scoring six goals in nine games as Chelsea won the competition. His sixth goal was the opening goal in the final, surely putting a smile on the face of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who brought him to score big goals.

The 29-year-old finished the season with 22 goals in all competitions for Chelsea, more than Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, Lukas Podolski and Emmanuel Adebayor.

He then travelled to the Confederations Cup with Spain and just like the year before at the European Championships, he won the Golden Boot for the top scorer.

He has already scored this season, a beautiful finish in the Super Cup against Bayern Munich, proving a point to new manager Jose Mourinho who has also got Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o to choose from.

Admittedly, Fernando Torres has not been the player he was at Liverpool but he is not the player critics make out him to be. He has been getting better and better at Chelsea and has scored 35 goals so far at the London club.

Once he scores more goals in bigger games, he could potentially be not so far from his old self.

And considering he is only 15 goals away from 50 at the club, it's fair to say that Torres is a little bit underrated.

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