Jose Mourinho claims Fernando Torres is incapable of becoming a 25 goal-per-season striker, citing a lack of skill with the ball in possession as a reason.
It is no secret the much-maligned Torres has failed to live up to his £50 million valuation in 2010, when Chelsea decided to splash out a small fortune to bring the mercurial Spaniard to southwest London.
The media-happy Mourinho has acknowledged the lack of cutting edge and end product from his strike force, singling out the struggling Torres for lacking the ability to become a free-scoring striker.
“We are not saying 25 or 30 because our strikers are not these kind of killers, but two goals for each one of them is too short,” he acknowledged after his side's narrow victory over Crystal Palace.
“They have to come - and they will - for different numbers.”
“When he has the ball on his feet with the back to the goal, he's not a very skillful player, we know that."
“In their goal, he lost the ball when he dropped back to the midfield. He lost the ball and they made a counter-attack on that. He's not that player."
However, the Special One went on to compliment Torres' overall contribution to the team off the ball, praising his effort and positional sense.
“He was the Torres that we know, giving a hard time to the opponents. Without the ball he presses a lot and he's not a comfortable opponent. When the team has the ball he's the kind of guy that makes movements and tries to open space.
“He does his contribution and it's the kind of goal we demand from him. Goalkeeper saves the ball, he's there, pow, goal. And this is the kind of goal we expect from him.”
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