Fernando Torres: Forgetting How to Play Well and Score Goals?
Fernando Torres, also known as El Niño, started his professional career in Atlético Madrid. He quickly became a fan favorite, and proved to be a reliable goalscorer. When he moved to Liverpool he was hailed as a savior and, indeed, he was. He mustered 65 goals in 102 appearances for The Reds, despite being hampered by injuries. He seemed to have taken Liverpool to his heart, and the fans adored him. Alas, it was not to be.
In January of 2011, he moved to Chelsea for a whopping £50 million as a part of Chelsea's move towards a league title and the Champions League trophy, citing the chance to win trophies as his reason. As I'm writing this article, in the early hours of April 13th, this has... not turned out as he or Chelsea had hoped, to put it diplomatically.
Last night Manchester United swept Chelsea with a 2-1 victory at home at Old Trafford, following their 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge earlier in the competition. At this point they (Manchester United) are also eleven points ahead of The Blues. Having 21 points left to play for, the chance is still there - in theory - but it's an incredibly unlikely scenario for Chelsea.
Chelsea is now faced with a rather aged squad, high salaries, and a £50 million Spaniard who has yet to score a single goal for Chelsea in his eleven appearances so far - This brings me back to my article point. This blogger struggles to find even a particularly good performance from the once-adored striker, let alone a goal.
Everyone knows Torres possesses tremendous skill, and when he's on his A-game he is one of the very best in the world. Right now he's not exactly brimming with confidence, however, and with Chelsea looking left out in the rain with regards to titles, it looks like he might be facing an ever-steeper uphill climb to re-establish himself in the eyes of football fans around the globe.Continued on the next page