Fernando Torres has been subjected to a great deal of criticism since his big money move from Liverpool to Chelsea.
He has failed to emulate his former goalscoring self and his once undeniable pace. Although he shined in Europe last season, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances, he failed to transfer that form to the Premier League, where he only scored eight goals in 36 appearances.
All negatives aside, however, we have seen a significantly different Fernando Torres this season. His performances at both Swindon Town and Tottenham were brilliant and he was worthy of being named man of the match in either game.
Prior to this, the half-volley goal Torres effortlessly booted into the back of Bayern Munich's netting in the 2013 Super Cup was breathtaking - one of his best in a Blues shirt.
With Chelsea's introduction of Samuel Eto'o, the pressure for the strikers to perform has increased significantly. The competitive nature of having three options up front as opposed to last year's two is a drastic change, and the performance levels have risen because of it.
Demba Ba may be getting the short end of the stick in terms of first-team selection, however even his display at Norwich on October 6 was better than most of what we have seen from him in the past for the Blues.
Torres suffered a knee injury in the opening minutes of Chelsea's Champions League match at Steaua Bucharest on October 1, and it was announced the next day that he would be out for about three weeks on Chelsea's official website.
Although Chelsea do not have any matches this week due to the international break, a few weeks of missed game time makes it easy to fall out of favour.
Torres' comeback must be seamless, and he must take over from where he left off before his injury in terms of form, because this may very well be his last run of matches before Chelsea gives up on him.
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