Chelsea. Buoyed by the arrival of Eden Hazard the London club now resemble one of the most exciting teams in Europe with flair players a plenty with Oscar and Juan Mata supporting the supremely talented Belgian. But two things still bother me about the Blues, their failure to offer their defence any genuine quality protection and their temperamental frontman Fernando Torres.

The lack of defensive security in front of a back four that possesses the unpredictable David Luiz,  has been exposed already with Reading, Atletico Madrid and Juventus all exposing the limitations of Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel. With Mikel’s hapless second half display against the Italian champions likely to worry Blues supporters most. However in their last real test Ramires was brought in for Lampard and performed admirably against Arsenal, the position also remains a weak area for all of Roberto Di Matteo’s men’s main domestic rivals.

Torres remains the deciding factor in whether or not Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy and I would hate to be supporter of a club relying on the Spaniard. He may just be 28 but he’s an old 28 and now lacks the physicality and pace to terrorise defences like he used to. He can still score goals against the most pedestrian of the defences and none have been worse than the Norwich backline he netted against last weekend. His confidence in front of goal still seems inferior to what was seen of him against Liverpool and bar a sublime goal against Newcastle United, nothing this season has been overly impressive from the Spaniard. An anonymous performance against Reading was saved by an offside goal, a decent finish against Arsenal should have been denied due to a foul.

Torres netted 28 times in 80 appearances at Athletico Madrid in his final two years and it is entirely possible that sort of ratio is what will once again see from Torres. The Spanish international was at the height of his powers at Liverpool but to expect a repeat is being idealistic. Hamstring problems and knee injuries have slowed down the Spaniard. As I mentioned earlier another reason I believe Torres’s 20 goal plus season’s are over is he is an old 28 year old. To explain, Torres has played almost as much career football as Didier Drogba who is 34 and has spent the entire doing so at a high level, his physical style puts a lot of demands on the body and I believe to an extent Chelsea’s number nine is a spent force. Michael Owen is seen as an old man at 32, and has played just 11 more career matches than the Spaniard.

In one of his many ill-thought outbursts Torres referred last year to a lack of creativity in the Chelsea team. Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso regularly provided chances for Torres on Merseyside but Torres wasn’t getting the same quality of service at Stamford Bridge. I accept that now with a team full of clever creative players Torres may score more and may also have had a point when commenting on his annoyance. But my belief is still that Torres will never be world-class again, and that £50 million transfer will be remembered as one of the most ill-judged decisions in modern football history.

 

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  • The Scrid
    2 years ago

    One of the worst articles I have read. Leave the guy alone. I supposedly the best league in the world, Torres is in fact second favourite to become top scorer behind RVP because RVP takes penalties. So away you go Mr Lawson and find someone else to pick on. How about Rooney this time?

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  • James Lowson
    2 years ago

    One why are you spelling my name wrong? Two its just your opinion that England’s better league than Spain and its not one I agree with. Three what’s wrong with assessing a player’s game and how his ability has changed. Finally just because he’s one of the favourites to be top scorer doesn’t mean its going to happen.

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  • Zane
    2 years ago

    Everything you say about the present Torres is negative and probably biased because you are a rival supporter. If you actually knew football,you’d know that the current Chelsea squad isn’t even gelled yet. What you see now is only flashes of brilliance but I want you to watch them in a few months or season’s time.

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  • Gazawar
    2 years ago

    this is total hatred…he is a rival supporter

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  • James Lowson
    2 years ago

    I think Torres is burnt out and past his prime for reasons described in the article as two people have suggested it, I’ll clear things up I am in fact a Sunderland fan, not a rival fan of Chelsea’s.

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  • Neil Chhabda
    2 years ago

    Golden Boot? And the Arsenal goal wasn’t a foul, in fact it was hailed on match of the day as a clever finish. His pace against Bayern Munich that won the corner for Drogba to equalize? Clearly you haven’t seen enough of this player.

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  • Mike Joe
    2 years ago

    James Lowson’s articles should be carefully weighed and edited each time he makes a submission as he is animositical in his judgements here and needs to write from a more balanced perspective. Sport writing should be worth reading. Just wasted precious time on this scoop of gall.

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  • Adil Hussain
    2 years ago

    Guys calm down. I share Lawson’s opinion. Torres is clearly not the same player he was at Liverpool – that is obvious. Even Ruud Gullit said a few days back that with Torres in the team, Chelsea play with 10 men. He does not hold up the ball and is not scoring consistently. I think he gets the best service any forward can hope for – Lampard, Oscar, Mata and Hazard. He should be playing way better than he currently is

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  • Adil Hussain
    2 years ago

    I would as a Chelsea supporter love it if Chelsea get Falcao in the January transfer window. He has scored 25 goals in his previous 110 games since 2010-11 season. Falcao on the other hand scored 90 goals in his previous 110 games.

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  • Ryan
    2 years ago

    I’m a Chelsea fan and have watched the full 90 minutes of every match we’ve played this season. I’m not a fan who see’s things through blue tinted glasses and if I didn’t think Torres were any good then I would say as much. Torres will not be the league’s top scorer this season, and I think 1 in 2 is the best we can hope from him. But I like him very much and think he brings a lot more to the team than people give him credit for. Torres at Liverpool was the focal point of their attack, much like RVP was as Arsenal. Most of Liverpool’s goals were scored by Torres. This Chelsea team is different. People are talking about how Mata / Hazard / Oscar are going to feed Torres but this is not the case. Torres works his socks off for every minute of every game, yes he often gives the ball away when he has it but every tie he receives it he instantly has 2 men closing him down… but he’s constantly running into areas which is pulling defenders out of position and actually allowing our other midfielders time and space around the box. Mata has scored 4 in his last 5 games and they’ve nearly all been made possible because of Torres’ movement. 14 different players have scored for us this season already. I’m not bothered If Torres doesn’t get 20-30 this season because I know that he is helping all our other players get on the score sheet, he’s almost playing as this new ‘false number 9′ that Spain used in the World Cup. It’s very easy to judge a player by stats but If you actually watch how he play’s you’ll realise how good he still really is. I’d much rather have Torres playing that Sturridge who right now is a more confident finisher but is really quite lazy and offers very little to his team mates around him. I do still think when Torres gets through himself he still suffers a little from low confidence, but he’s on 4 in 7 this season and if he continues like that for a few more months then his own self confidence will grow and he’ll finish more of his own chances. Zane is spot on, this is still a new team, come January we could be extremely dangerous, Torres included. No worries about him at all.

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