The Road Ahead for Fernando Torres
|Torres with the CL trophy|
Fernando Torres’ Chelsea career has been filled with extreme highs & lows. He has been part of a squad that has won both the FA Cup & the Champions League in the same season, but he’s scored only 12 goals in 67 games for Chelsea.
Mark Twain once said, “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, & statistics” . Yes, Torres’ Chelsea stats are extremely poor. But statistics tell only one side of the story. 7 of Torres’ 11 goals in the 2011-12 season came in the last 2 months, a late resurgence that shows a return to form for the £50 million man. Numerous assists have also helped him regain some of his confidence. Question is, will he ever truly return to form?
|Torres after scoring against Barcelona|
1) Late resurgence towards the end of last season– As I highlighted before, Torres scored 7 goals in the last 2 months of the season. Those goals included a double against Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals, a hat-trick against QPR & a goal against Barcelona that ensured us a spot in the Champions League final. Considering the fact that he had not scored for 24 games prior to his double against Leicester, his 7 goals in 2 months showed us that he is slowly regaining his confidence, & more importantly his form.
|Fernando Torres, Chelsea’s No. 9|
3) Currently Chelsea’s main striker– The tear-filled departure of Didier Drogba has ensured that Fernando Torres is now Chelsea’s No.1 choice to play as the lone striker. Daniel Sturridge would have been first-choice if he didn’t experience a dip in form at almost the same time that Torres decided to find some of his own. The other option is Romelu Lukaku, but it seems likely that the 19-year old will be loaned out next season in order to get some game time. At Anfield, Torres was accustomed to being the No. 1 striker, and he repaid that confidence placed in him with plenty of goals. With Drogba no longer at the club, it seems likely that Torres will be top dog at Chelsea. It also seems likely that he will repay the club & the fans for keeping faith in him during his dark period that seems to be over now.