Former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin has praised Fernando Torres for his all-round contribution - and not least his maiden goal - since joining the club January.
Torres had endured 903 minutes for club and country without finding the net, but ended his drought with a fine finish against West Ham, which sunk the east Londoners at a sodden Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard had been derided by areas of the press for his barren run and generally sluggish start in a Chelsea shirt, but Nevin won't entertain the opinion that Torres has at a poor start to his Stamford Bridge career.
In fact, Nevin believes Torres has been 'superb' since his £50 million arrival from Liverpool - and is now backing the 27-year-old to hit the goal trail.
"I have been a lone voice in many a press room and radio conversation these last few months saying that Fernando Torres has been playing very well since he arrived," Nevin wrote on the official Chelsea website.
"His pace has been fantastic and most importantly his movement for me has been superb. The balls just haven't always arrived.
"Well not only did he score but anyone suggesting he had lost his pace (and there have been a few of them too) should also have another look at the way he glided over the rain-soaked surface like a water skier behind a power boat.
"Even the ball sticking in the mud couldn't put him off his inaugural goal, it actually in fact made it all the more memorable because it delayed the moment yet again, this time by only a few seconds though.
"I suspect there will now be a goal flow steadier than the rainfall at the Bridge on Saturday evening."
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