Villas-Boas threatens to drop Torres

Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has stated that he will have no hesitation in dropping £50 million striker Fernando Torres, and has urged the Spain international to start scoring.

Torres has failed to live up to his inflated price tag since moving from Liverpool in January, and with the number of attacking options at the Portuguese coach’s disposal Torres is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI.

Despite a slow start to his career at Stamford Bridge, the ex-Porto trainer is hopeful Torres’ form will improve.

“He didn’t lose his talent talent because he’s played 21 games and only scored one goal. The talent is there and the question is regaining confidence. That comes from training and from time and finding the back of the net, so we have to persist,” he told The Daily Mirror.

Regardless of his hope that Torres will start to score, Villas Boas revealed that the collective performance is more important and that he would not hesitate in benching Torres if this would benefit the team.

“But it can’t compromise the team. The moment it compromises the team it has to come to an end. I don’t make a first choice team, just the choice for the next game. Fernando started the first three games and Didier [Drogba] came off the bench. We make choices regarding what we see. I have no problem dropping players,” he concluded.

Chelsea travel to Wearside on Saturday to take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and will look to maintain their unbeaten start.