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Part 1: How can Chelsea bring the best out of Fernando Torres?

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On the 31st January,  Chelsea acquired the services of Spanish striker Fernando Torres for an astonishing £50 million. This made him the fourth most expensive player in the history of the Premier League, a fact made more astounding by the fact that Torres had not been playing anywhere near his best for the first half of the season at Liverpool.

Roman Abramovich obviously thought that Chelsea’s players and style of play would be able to bring the best out of the new No. 9 and they would recoup their investment fairly quickly thanks to a significant number of goals from the forward. Quite simply, it hasn’t happened. Torres has scored only one goal for The Blues and has not yet fit into the Chelsea system or gelled alongside the likes of Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka.

Torres, though, I’m sure can make a return to his incredible form of previous seasons but it is clear that Chelsea will have to make a few changes to their personnel and playing style in order to achieve this.

With the benefit of hindsight it is now easy for us to say that Fernando Torres was an odd buy for Abramovich and Chelsea. As well as the fact he was (and still is) out of form, it is clear that a strike partnership with Chelsea’s main man Didier Drogba was always going to be a tricky proposition. You see, Torres and Drogba are similar types of strikers, when at the top of their game. Both like to play from the front and benefit from great midfield service.

Both players are willing to drift out wide if needed but ideally prefer to be in and around the box. What aids both Drogba and Torres is a “creative striker”, a player who can drift wide and collect the ball from the flanks or who will draw the defenders away and leave their partner free to stay in that danger zone around the area.

Drogba had this with the likes of Anelka and Florent Malouda alongside him and whilst Torres lacked this at Liverpool for the first half of the 2010-2011 season, the signing of Luis Suarez during the transfer window was clearly intended as a skillful strike partner for the Spaniard. Perhaps Torres is now regretting his hasty decision to leave Anfield having seen Suarez play at Anfield. The Uruguayan is a player who would have brought the best out of Torres, in my opinion.

For Torres at Chelsea it has now become clear (as American 70’s pop group “Sparks” once sang) that “this town ain’t big enough for both of us.” Torres and Drogba cannot coexist at Stamford Bridge unless one is willing to act primarily as a substitute next season, which I very highly doubt.

Already Chelsea appear to be making moves to resolve this problem as reports now suggest that they are willing to accept any substantial offers for the Ivorian. This is a shame for Drogba as he has proven himself to be a real team player this season and has earned a lot of respect from fans and journalists alike for his attitude. Indeed, I was a critic of Drogba in seasons past as I felt his attitude was lacking and for a big, strong centre-forward his propensity to go to ground under any challenge was irritating.

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10 comments

  • Dale Marlow says:

    Sell Him ???

  • hadi lfc fan says:

    give us back for free and we show u best out of fernando torres hahaha

  • Geoff says:

    sign Rafa Benitez as your manager!

  • Paul says:

    some would say maybe the Chavs should of thought about it, anyone with half a clue who has watched Fernando at Liverpool, would of known that he would not fit in the current Chavski system, it would seem that noone down there actually had as much as half a clue… that includes the player himself..however he is an investment for thier future and he is a top quality player… so will no doubt deliver over time..as long as he doesn’t get bored and skulk off of course…… hadi LFC has the right idea, give us him back and we’ll show you how to make him work…

  • fella says:

    Simple – Appoint Rafa Benitez and buy Steven Gerrard, Neymar and Sanchez, switch formation to 4-2-3-1….

    ———–Cech———-

    Ivan—Luiz—Terry—Cole

    —–Lampard–Essien—–

    Sanchez—Gerrard—Neymar

    ———-Torres———

  • Eidur says:

    Get in a midfielder who can pass, create, do something different.

    Our midfield is so bad that we usually bypass it altogether, which is why Drogba has thrived because he likes having it launched up to him.

    But Torres is a proper forward, might actually have to start playing a bit of football, Chelsea.

  • Blue Blood says:

    Cech

    Weil Luiz Terry Cole

    Essien Lampard
    Sanchez Hazard

    Drogba Torres

    Hiddink or Rickjard
    4-4-2 going to 4-2-2-2

  • toluxdmj says:

    actually, chelsea made haste in purchasing torres cos they neva asked how to operate him. The user’s manual is still at liverpool. that’s why he will neva deliver no matter how much he is used…but chelsea need to pay for his manual..say £20m©

  • JOJO says:

    I think FT will be too good to play for the blues. They buy because of owner wish and not the manager. That is the problem i saw from the start.

  • humble ben says:

    i think a new coach and formation during pre-season would do jst fine for him and the club and offcourse we the loving chelsea fans.i believe in torres performances he’s going to deliver i trust.

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