Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed Fernando Torres lacks the skill and killer instinct to score 25 goals this season, reports the Evening Standard.
Mourinho has developed a habit of talking down the strengths of his strikers in recent weeks, and has continued the trend with his comments on the former Liverpool striker.
Torres’s struggles since his £50million move to Stamford Bridge have been well documented, with the Spaniard scoring just 17 Premier League goals in almost three years at Chelsea.
And Mourinho has admitted the striker along with Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba has not been prolific enough in front of goal.
“We are not saying 25 or 30 because our strikers are not these kind of killers, but two goals for each one of them is too short,” he said after the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
“They have to come – and they will – for different numbers.”
Mourinho did offer some faint praise for Torres after the Spaniard scored the opener in their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.
“When he has the ball on his feet with the back to the goal, he’s not a very skilful player, we know that,” Mourinho added.
“In their goal, he lost the ball when he dropped back to the midfield. He lost the ball and they made a counter-attack on that. He’s not that player.
“He was the Torres that we know, giving a hard time to the opponents. Without the ball he presses a lot and he’s not a comfortable opponent. When the team has the ball he’s the kind of guy that makes movements and tries to open space.
“He does his contribution and it’s the kind of goal we demand from him. Goalkeeper saves the ball, he’s there, pow, goal. And this is the kind of goal we expect from him.”