Fernando Torres was once one of the best strikers in English football but is now a fringe player in the current Chelsea squad.
After Chelsea completed the signing of Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala on deadline day and Demba Ba’s loan move to Arsenal was left in tatters, it means that all three fight for a place in the Chelsea first team.
In his past four games in the Premier League, Torres was substituted against Hull, did not even get a look in against Aston Villa, although this may have been because of squad rotation. He also was sent on from the bench against Manchester United and more recently Everton.
His national side Spain look pretty much certain to cement their place at the World Cup in Brazil and Torres needs to be playing regularly if he wants to be part of their squad. Both he and fellow fringe player Juan Mata were left out for the World Cup Qualifiers this month by Spain boss Vincente del Bosque.
Fellow Spanish player David Villa has already quit Barcelona this summer and moved to Atletico Madrid in order to gain first team opportunities and bolster his chances with Del Bosque.
It seems new recruit Eto’o has bragging rights over Torres at this moment in time, with Mourinho’s new recruit starting against Everton last weekend and also in the Champions League defeat against Swedish side Basel last night.
Torres has struggled with goals since his arrival at Chelsea, with the striker struggling to perform how he did at Liverpool where he struggled not to find the goal. He has scored a total of 36 goals in 135 appearances since arriving from Liverpool in 2011.
After last night’s defeat it is quite clear that Torres is not needed at Chelsea. The future looks very uncertain for Torres, and many of his critics would say that if a move away from the Blues was to arise then he should grasp it with both hands before it is too late.
Torres’ struggles at Chelsea continue.
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