Chelsea fans back Torres stay

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Chelsea should keep faith with misfiring striker Fernando Torres despite going a record 14 games with a goal for The Blues, according to a poll conducted by GiveMeFootball.

The Spaniard has failed to score for the club since netting a double against Genk in the Champions League as he continues to struggle following his move from Liverpool in the last January transfer window.

Torres has netted just five times since his switch from Anfield for £50 million, but the Stamford Bridge faithful would prefer the club stick by the forward during his barren run.

Exactly 70% a fans polled said they wanted the club to keep faith with Torres, while 26% wants to see rid of the Spanish World Cup winner.

Reports before the turn of the year suggested Chelsea were ready to offload Torres in the wake of his poor recent form.

The 27-year-old's latest blank came against Norwich City on Saturday, bringing his goal drought to 14 games, the longest goalless run of his career.

Bringing with him a record of 81 goals in 142 games, Torres was expected to fire Chelsea to glory domestically and in Europe, but his failure to link up effectively with the likes of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard has contributed to his poor showings thus far.

In the absence of Drogba, who could be released at the end of the season, manager Andre Villas-Boas has persisted with Torres in attack in the hope consistent appearances will assist his form.

Signs have been encouraging of late that Torres is returning to somewhere near his best form, with his acrobatic volley against Sunderland subsequently setting up Lampard for The Blues' winner, while the brilliant of John Ruddy denied him at Carrow Road.

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