The Independent reported today that Torres has told friends that he’s settled in London and will see out the remaining three years of his contract, even if he’s out of favour.
Aside from the potential arrival of Rooney, or any other forward, the Spaniard also faces a new threat in Romelu Lukaku – firepower that makes Chelsea a top bet to win the league. The Belgian youngster was hugely impressive on loan at West Brom last season scoring 17 Premier League goals and says he will be fighting for his place at Stamford Bridge this season.
Torres probably isn’t half as bad as he’s been made out to be and I’m often criticising him as he’s one of the most frustrating players in the squad, but whatever way you paint it the last two-and-a-half years have been more of a failure than a success story.
The 29-year-old did enjoy his best season in a Chelsea shirt over the last campaign and scored 22 goals overall, but only eight of those came in the league which is a terrible return. At this stage I think everyone knows that all his issues are in his own head if Jose Mourinho could help him defeat those demons he could be useful and I’m not so sure if the Portuguese manager will give up on him so readily.
Saying that, should Rooney (or someone else) sign for Chelsea it would be hard to see Torres being a regular in the side and giving playing time to Lukaku is more important for the club than giving more time to a man that the club and fans have been extremely patient with already.
I can’t see him going anywhere soon as it’s unlikely anyone will pay his wages but I expect to see the back of Demba Ba if a new striker came in.
Does Torres have a role to play in Mourinho’s Chelsea setup, or is this set to be another one of the Spaniard’s empty promises?