How can Chelsea get the best from Torres? [Part 1]
This season however he cut out the diving from his game (for the most part) and proved his toughness and attitude by going to the World Cup with the Ivory Coast in spite of a fractured arm and by battling through malaria at Chelsea. Nevertheless, with £50 million spent on Torres, it was clear who would be kept and who would be pushed out.
Of course, Drogba could yet stay at Stamford Bridge but I think this is unlikely. Anelka looks to be on his way out too and so the issue of a strike partner for Fernando Torres remains. There are several candidates in the running, some of whom are more likely to come to Chelsea than others.
The Brazilian prodigy Neymar is a player that Chelsea have wanted for a couple of seasons and he would play well with Torres, I feel. However, Santos value him at £41 million and I am not convinced that The Blues will want to pay that much for another striker. Chelsea have reportedly offered £30 million for the young Brazilian so we will have to wait and see whether Santos will accept that fee.
Sergio Aguero looked like he may make the move but now he has announced his wish to remain in Spain, I expect Real Madrid to snare him. If Chelsea can offer Aguero good wages though, he may be willing to come to the Premier League. Torres would thrive with Aguero alongside him.
The 22 year old Udinese striker Alexis Sanchez is also in the running but Chelsea will have to fight off interest from Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan in order to obtain his services. Like Aguero and Neymar, Sanchez is a skilful player who would help Torres to get back to his goal scoring ways.
All three of these footballers would fit well alongside Torres but the most likely addition to the Stamford Bridge strike team, as of press time, is Romelu Lukaku with it being reported that Chelsea have had a £20 million bid accepted by Anderlecht. However, with the Belgian being just 18 years of age it is more likely that he will be used as back up for the main two forwards for the time being.
Quite simply, be it one of these four men or another striker Chelsea have their eye on, Fernando Torres needs a small, skillful player alongside him if The Blues are to keep playing the 4-4-2 system in which Torres thrives. In the Spanish national team Torres had David Villa, a player who fits that bill perfectly, and Chelsea need to emulate this if they are to find success next season.
Of course, this is not the only thing that Fernando Torres needs to once again become one of the world’s top centre forwards. In the second part of this piece on Chelsea and Fernando Torres I will take a look at the type of player Chelsea need to acquire in the middle of the park in order to bring the best out of their No. 9.