Why has Fernando Torres been a flop at the former European Champions, Chelsea?
El Nino is what they used to call him when he was one of the hottest properties in Europe. The former Atletico Madrid star scored a total of 75 goals when he was on Merseyside, but failed to carry his form to London, why?
1. The Price tag: £50m
We've seen footballers suffer from hefty price tags before, players such as Andriy Shevchenko, Andy Carroll, Jo and many more. Each of these footballers were prolific at their previous clubs, but when they moved, they turned out to be football's biggest flops.
Andriy Shevchenko cost Chelsea £31m but scored only nine in 48 for the Blues.
Andy Carroll signed for Liverpool for a staggering £35m where he scored a poor six in 44 appearances.
Manchester City signed Brazilian forward Jo for £19m where he only scored one goal in the league for the Citizens.
Having a large price tag can put pressure on players, especially strikers. As a Chelsea fan, I have to admit, Torres has had a hard time at Chelsea to deliver like he did at Liverpool, but with that price tag, it's always hard.
For £50m, your team would expect you to score every game and maybe Chelsea expected too much from the Spaniard?
2. Didier Drogba
There's not really much to say about this one. His biggest competition for the starting spot was indeed, the big Ivorian, Didier Drogba. There's very few in the world who could've done what this man did. His strength and scoring ability made him one of the biggest threats up front and poor Fernando Torres, he was second fiddle to the Chelsea legend.
Bought at £24m, the current Galatasary forward delivered every season, scoring roughly 15-20 which helped them win three Premier League titles, two Community Shields, four FA Cups, two Capital One Cups and of course the Champions League.
3. Instability at the club
The 29-year-old has worked under five managers including the current one since his time in a Chelsea shirt. Each manager has their own ways and tactics to make their team better but this is never good for a player.
Every year (or ever half a year), Torres had to adapt to different tactics and formations according to the manager's likings and this could effectively be a reason to Torres' downfall as a footballer.
4. Tactical configurations
At Liverpool, Fernando Torres was always lurking around the last defender waiting for the perfect through ball to fight for - but things have been different at Chelsea.
If you watch him now, he is the type of player who would play as a false nine. He would stand with his back to goal so he could support others such as Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard. He has evolved as a player but is that a good thing? Probably not.
5. The 'open goal'
Do you remember that goal? No, because it never happened. 18th September 2011 was a day Fernando Torres would love to forget. Losing 3-0 at half time to Manchester United, the Spaniard scored a beautiful chip to give the Blues a beacon of hope but what came next was absolutely unbelievable.
On the 83rd minute, with the score standing at 3-1, Torres worked his way superbly around De Gea to gain his second of the match but instead scuffed the ball into the stands.
Torres didn't enjoy it, but the papers did. The miss provided easy headlines and this surely ruined the former Merseyside striker's confidence as he has been mocked for the miss ever since.
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