Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Torres – Past or the Future?

    The signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool FC was one of the most surprising moves that happened in winter transfer window of 2011. 50m euros was a hell lot of money to pay for a striker even if he was Fernando Torres. Ever since the move, Torres never managed to make believe his critics that he is still the old Torres and is still one of the best.
    The question is – Is Torres not good enough or is the entire team responsible for it?

    Win as team, lose as a team. This is a concept that many of the fans and critics have forgotten. As long as the team was winning Torres was only not scoring, and when the team starts to lose Torres is not performing. The tired and slow midfield we have at the moment (even after boasting the big names like Frankie Lampard and Juan Mata) is nowhere near the required midfield. Raul Meireles is a fighter, he runs, attacks, defends, but he isn't one of those players who made those incisive passes that make strikers score. Though Juan Mata is a player of that technique, him being employed at the wings does no good to our strikers. Danny Sturridge is the other problem. He has made public his desire to play as a center forward, and so he wanders more in the box than he should be, at least he gets the goals that way.

    Torres has tried over and over to make those good runs and score goals. The goal against Manchester Unied was absolutely a beauty. No other striker would had lifted the ball over the keeper at such tight angle. AVB tried putting Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres together hoping maybe they can form a partnership together. I feel though it didn't work out properly Chelsea should still try with the formation that includes both of them. Since playing alone isn't really working maybe AVB should gamble on playing them together.

    Past or the future? I still believe the Torres we knew is not yet the past, he is only 27 now, so he is yet to play in his peak years. Roman Abramovich brought Torres as to rebuild our ageing squad, its been a while now. So the main objective in this summer should be rebuilding the squad, keep Torres, build a team around him. ( like Roman planned) If the Torres we all believe in is still in there Chelsea can become a dreaded force we used to be. Goals is the unified responsibility of the entire squad, as long as we win, who scores is no problem.

    I’m in noway saying Torres is Chelsea and Chelsea cannot have a future without him. For I was one of the few who was sad when the transfer occurred as I admired him as a great player, but not for Chelsea. And even if we have to sell him this summer, maybe it is his luck that has fallen out or maybe he isn’t what Chelsea needs. After all Chelsea comes first the rest to follow. All we need to do is cross our fingers, pray to God and sing our hearts out to support the team.

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