It has been reported by Metro and some other media outlets earlier in the past few days that a deal to bring current Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa to Chelsea will involve the swapping of two current Chelsea players including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and the out of favour striker Fernando Torres, but would a return to the Spanish capital be just what the striker needs to start scoring again?
Although Chelsea would prefer not to let the striker go for a fraction of the £50 million they purchased him for from Liverpool, it must happen as it will involve the capture of Europe's most sought after strikers, working in Chelsea's favour not only for next season but for the long term.
So if Torres will be used in a swap deal of some sort with the club it can only work out in his advantage for a number of reasons:
The first and arguably most important reason is the reduced pressure he will have to handle at Atletico Madrid. Even before he played his first game for Chelsea he was under great pressure to start scoring immediately due to his astonishing £50 million price tag, and as soon as he stopped scoring goals football fans immediately jumped on the players back and he was tagged a flop.
So should he go to Atletico, the spotlight will move from him to Costa and he will not be under as much pressure as before to score goals. Obviously the Atletico faithful will want him to score but he will not be expected to score goal after goal every game.
Another reason why I believe he will be a hit at Atletico again is the fact that he has the opportunity to be more creative in his game like we saw him do at Liverpool many times. This goes back to the lack of pressure point I made in the last paragraph. Torres in his prime was a striker that feed off of midfielders' passes and who was well able to pick a pass that was maybe six or seven passes away from actually reaching the striker.
We would certainly see this style of play if he is to move to Spain next year as they play very similar football to the kind he is used to, and if Atletico manage to hold onto some of their great midfielders such as Koke and Diego, we may see some of the goals he scored at Liverpool happen all over again.
The last reason why he will be a success at Atletico is because that's where he made a name for himself. Before moving to England to play for Liverpool where he played some of his best football internationally and domestically he played at Atletico Madrid where he scored 91 goals in 243 games in all competitions for the club, proving he had the potential to become one of the best.
He was very popular with the fans and management before and even after he left and it is no doubt that should he return to the Spanish capital he would not have to prove anything to the fans. He would be able to play exactly the way he wants to and not have the spotlight on him every time he fails to score a goal.
So to sum up, I really think the reason he was a 'failure' at Chelsea is because of the great pressure he was put under during his time at the club. Granted, some of his performances for Chelsea where completely under par, but it was I believe really due to the pressure he was under to carry Chelsea forward up front.
It is really a lesson to other clubs not to spend so much on a player unless they are certain he is able to perform to the best of his abilities at the club.
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