Fernando Torres has not had the best of times since his £50 million move from Liverpool to Chelsea in the January window of 2011.
He has been successful in winning trophies since the move; he has won the Champions League, FA cup, and the Europa League - this is more then he did at Liverpool - but the shadow of his former self prevailed.
The real problem with Chelsea signing him in the first place was that the timing was all wrong. Torres had been plagued with injury through much of the 2011 season and when he did play he wasn't performing and started to look like he was on the decline.
The Price Tag
The price tag was ridiculous. £50 million for a player injured most of the season and not performing - it was only asking for more complications. I think Chelsea wanted to try and rebuild his confidence by showing how much they are willing to pay for his signature but this strategy completely backfired and hit Chelsea hard.
The implications of this transfer is why Chelsea are major risk of breaching the financial fair play rule.
Drogba will go down in the history books as Chelsea best striker, no doubt about that.
When Torres signed Drogba was the man and rightly so as he was playing the best football of his career.
Torres was seen as the ideal man to take the mantle when Drogba moved on and it would have been a fantastic replacement had it pulled off but that's not the story. The two players struggled to work together because they were so different and this led them to getting in each other's way more often then scoring.
No Stability In Management
Chelsea's success-or-sack method since Mourinho departed from the club originally made it incredibly difficult for the team to maintain stability for the seasons.
Of course some managers did better then others but the team's shape was always changing, not allowing the players time to adapt especially Torres.
Roman Abramovich was so desperate to get his misfiring striker back on form he gave the manager's job to Rafa Benitez. The fans were not happy because of the past comments about Chelsea but he did manage to win the Europa League and get Fernando Torres to score but the player was still lacking that instinct that made him so deadly at Liverpool.
Mourinho is back at Chelsea. The fans loved the decision from the club but I bet Torres wasn't too pleased with the second coming of the Special One.
During Mourinho's time in Madrid he froze out Madrid captain and legend Iker Casillas in favour of Diego Lopez.
This was seen as madness but in Mourinho's defence they did win the league and Copa Del Rey in his time. Torres was dreading the return because Mourinho has been in this situation before with Shevchenko.
Mourinho fielded a team against Manchester United with no striker earlier in the season before signing Eto'o showing he has little faith in Torres and it's clear Eto'o is now first choice with some very impressing displays this season.
What Next For Torres?
I personally think his time at Chelsea will come to an end this summer with talk of a possible move to Inter or his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, with the possibility of Diego Costa moving the other way.
A move away from Chelsea could rekindle his spark for scoring he has fantastic work ethic but he just lacks the final part of the puzzle which is scoring goals.
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