Date: 25th June 2013 at 5:00pm
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Fernando TorresFernando Torres has slammed his critics who label him a flop and believes they’re overly focussed on the first season of his Chelsea career.

The Spanish international is often under the spotlight because of his lack of goals since making the move to Stamford Bridge in January 2011 for a record £50 million.

He did enjoy the best season at the club over the last campaign whilst the ‘Interim One’ Rafael Benitez was in charge and Torres was an integral part of Chelsea’s Europa League success in particular.

Obviously feeling rather bullish after scoring five goals in two games for Spain (four against the mighty Tahiti), the forward hit out at his detractors and told Radio Marca:

“In the end people remember my first year at Chelsea, which was not good, rather than the current situation.

“I am happy with how I’m playing, even though I am very demanding. Things are getting back to normal for me.”

(Daily Star)

There are many fans that believe Torres showed enough when he netted 22 goals in all competitions last season to suggest he can be relied upon in future, whereas others are extremely worried about his paltry goal return in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old has played 82 league matches since moving to West London but has only scored 15 goals over those appearances which isn’t even close to being acceptable. He’s played 131 games for Chelsea now and has amassed only 34 goals, that’s only 11 games less than the 142 he had at Liverpool and he scored 81 there.

However, as Jose Mourinho enters the fold and says that everyone will be given a chance, are things looking up for Torres? We shall see and a lot depends on Chelsea’s pursuit of a forward with Edinson Cavani being the main target. Should the Uruguayan forward arrive it’s doubtful that Torres has a future at Stamford Bridge, especially considering the emergence of Romelu Lukaku.

But if Cavani doesn’t come then apart from Chelsea saving a fortune, would it be all that bad to have Torres, Lukaku, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle (at a push because he’s a winger) as your forward options? It certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing for Lukaku, who may not be too far off being the star forward we invested in.

Source: Daily Star

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