Spanish forward Fernando Torres has had a difficult time since signing for Chelsea from Liverpool in January last year, only scoring one goal for the club last season in 18 appearance but managed a better return of 11 goals and 14 assists during the 2011-12 campaign.
He also gave an interview in the aftermath of our Champions League victory suggesting that he was a little dismayed by how things had gone for him at the club and that he was seeking assurances. He was not happy that he did not start the Champions League final and was even less pleased when he was not on the list of penalty takers during the shootout against Bayern Munich.
But Chelsea’s chief executive has spoken of the faith the club have in the player and believe that he will score goals aplenty next season. Now that it would appear that Torres is to be Chelsea’s ‘main man’, how do you think he will fare next season and would the club be right to put their faith in him in light of his troubles?
Despite what his critics seem to think of him it would seem as though Torres is looking forward to a starring role in Chelsea’s attack next season.
He told the club’s official website:
“My goal was to talk to them at the end of the season, I needed to know what plans they had for me.
“We’ve talked and now I have no doubt what they expect of Fernando Torres. I just want to start next season already.”
But he admits he became a player he ‘hated’:
“There were times when I lost hope and that never happened to me before. It’s the worst feeling in the world when you love your profession.
“I became the player I hate. Luckily it is part of the past. Now all I have in mind is to fulfil dreams.”
Do you think Torres can turn his Chelsea career around or would we be misplacing our faith?
I’d love to see Torres prove his doubters wrong and start banging in the goals for us on a regular basis, especially as the club shelled out £50m on the player, but I would be surprised if we don’t bring in another striker as Didier Drogba is going to leave the club with Salomon Kalou likely to follow. And what if the new forward starts a few games and keeps Torres out of the team with a few goals, will the Spaniard suffer another crisis of confidence? Perhaps I’m just a pessimist but at times it’s just hard to imagine him being successful for us and he seems to have lost a step, and is a lot more predictable than he used to be.
Of course, I’d be delighted if I was proved wrong and I can’t help but hold some hope for the guy despite what the fact my head tells that it’s never going to happen for him. Perhaps Chelsea will develop a new style with the likes of Marko Marin, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and potentially Hulk in the side and this will benefit Torres.
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