Chelsea have been blamed for Fernando Torres’s poor fortunes at Stamford Bridge by AC Milan coach Stefano Eranio, who has accused the Blues of misusing the once-great forward.
The Daily Mail today relays quotes from the Italian which claim that Torres’s parent club didn’t treat him right following his £50 million switch from Liverpool in 2011.
The Spain international garnered plenty of criticism for his performances whilst at Stamford Bridge, and had been ostracised over his ability to add anything to the squad prior to his loan move to Milan shortly before the transfer deadline this summer.
Now aiming to make a fresh start in Serie A Torres will no longer feel the weight of expectation in the Premier League, where he so often cut a subdued and unconfident figure.
Instead he’ll be given the chance to salvage his reputation as a world-class striker, with Milan in dire need of some galvanisation of their own following a tumultuous period in which they’ve seen their stock plummet.
Milan on Torres
As far as the Rossoneri are concerned Torres gives them a great chance of bringing themselves back up to speed with the likes of Juventus and city-rivals Inter, with the Spaniard drafted in as Mario Balotelli left to join Liverpool.
And Eranio, though recognising that his side’s most high-profile addition represents a large risk given his recent form, likened Torres to a “car” in the way that he will play well if he’s properly looked after.
“Torres is a very humble player, he has great technical and human qualities,” Eranio said.
“In recent years he has not been in contention much and has spent a long time on the Chelsea bench.
“But he is like a car, he needs to play to find his form. He needs the confidence of the coach and to make the most of his surroundings.
“As a coach, I say that I would always want someone like Torres in the team. He arrives in Italy with great enthusiasm, and has specific characteristics that would suit Milan perfectly.”
The risk factor
Enthusiasm or not, Eranio can hardly deny that Milan are taking a gamble by relying upon Torres to bag them goals. Though once ‘El Nino’ was one of the most feared strikers on the planet he has looked some way off his best for some time now.
At Stamford Bridge he was unable to recapture the form which made him so impressive at both Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, and as such there’s a great many doubters who would believe he’s over the hill.
Nevertheless he will have at least two years at the San Siro in which to demonstrate that he has something to offer yet. At 30 it’s highly unlikely that he’ll ever be used as a vital component within Chelsea’s first-team again, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of time when it comes to restoring his reputation.
Serie A is known to be less demanding than the Premier League due to the high intensity of the latter division, and it could be that Torres will thrive as a result.