As new signing Mario Mandzukic was presented to the Atletico Madrid fans at the Vicente Calderon, certain sections of the support chanted the name of former striker Fernando Torres, perhaps sending a message to Diego Simeone.
And while, Atletico are in need off another striker after Adrian Lopez and David Villa followed Diego Costa out the exit door, Torres is certainly not the answer.
Madrid are preparing to defend their La Liga without many of the key players who got them there in the first place, so finding quality replacements is key.
They became reliant on Diego Costa as a reliable and constant source of goals, something Torres has most certainly not been during his time at Chelsea.
Five goals in 28 league matches last season would be a poor return for any striker, but particularly pitiful for one which cost £50 million.
Diego Costa has now joined Chelsea, and the Spaniard had to watch as his compatriot found the net on his debut, whilst he himself missed a sitter from two yards.
Whilst he certainly won’t cost anything near the £50 million Chelsea mistakenly shelled out in 2010, The Blues will want a reasonably healthy return, with a value of £15-£20 million often quoted when speculation about the player arises.
Mario Mandukic was a clever buy. Deemed surplus to requirements at Bayern Munich, the Croatian is a cheap, consistent and proven goal scorer at the highest level. 48 goals and 88 matches during two successful years at Bayern is proof of this.
However no one is quite sure which Fernando Torres will turn up. The Fernando Torres who played for Atletico and Liverpool years ago no longer exists. Torres has scored some important goals for both Spain and Chelsea in the past but the 30-year-old is hardly a reliable goalscorer.
Atletico Madrid was the club where Torres made his name, but there is very little guarantee that the Spaniard will replicate that form upon his return
Whilst at Atletico, Torres was still very much the future. He was named the club’s youngest ever captain at 19 years of age, and at 23, still had many years ahead of him. Now, aged 30, Torres is well past his peak, and continually declining. The chances of the Spaniard regaining anything like the form he has shown in the past are slim.
With Mario Mandzukic’s age and experience already on board, Atletico should perhaps look to blood some younger talent. Leo Baptistao has returned from his loan spell at Real Betis and is in a position to challenge for a first team spot.
Bereft of confidence, killer instinct and an extra few yards of pace, Fernando Torres is a gamble not worth Diego Simeone’s time.
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