Fernando Torres has been the focus of press and media attention ever since he signed for Chelsea. He scored 81 goals in just 142 games for Liverpool and everyone expected more of the same here but it hasn't happened. Everyone is asking questions, people are beginning to turn and doubt Torres but I am posting this because I for one believe in Torres.
Now as hurtful as this will be for us to watch, YOU HAVE TO watch this video. Put our Chelsea bias to one side and just watch every single one of his goals he scored for Liverpool and look at the player he was back then. It will make you realise just how much of a shadow of his former self he has become here.
Forget the shirt he is wearing and the club he is playing for, I want you all to focus just on him, the goals he scored and more importantly, the service he is getting.
Remember back then? I guess right now you are wondering "Where has he gone?" or "If only we could have that player in our side now!". I'll give you the answer, "He is still here!" but we simply have to play to his strengths otherwise having Torres in the side is a complete waste of time.
It's been a statement I have repeated and spoken about on here time and time again and I cannot believe that I am still asking the same thing from the team a year later. We had it last season with the players and again this season and nothing has changed. There was a glimmer of hope earlier in the year but it's faded back into normality once more and Torres is suffering big time.
This guy will make runs all day for you, he will work his socks of for you but he wants chances to score in return. Why on earth isn't he getting them?.
The problem Torres has is Chelsea's style of play. At Liverpool Torres knew that as soon as the midfield or wingers got the ball they would look up and either play him in with a through ball or fire an early cross into him in the box, here he knows we'd rather take an extra touch and then another one and the chance to play him in has gone.
In those clips we have watched, it was all about teamwork, if someone was in the box but saw Torres in a better position, they played it to him and he scored. Look at Gerrard for example there, one on one with the keeper and Torres alongside him, he drew the keeper towards him and then squared it for Torres to side foot home to score. It just doesn't happen here and it's so frustrating.
I know I keep harping on about it if you are a regular reader of my blog but because our play is too slow and too laboured for the most part, Torres' runs are being ignored. As the game progresses he drops deeper and deeper to come and get the ball and get involved or, he moves out wide to pick the ball up. We don't want to see him there and Chelsea have said they are working on keeping him in central areas but it's still happening because he wants to be involved.
The problem he has is with moving into those areas, he always has a defender up his arse whereas if he was played in with a first time killer pass on the shoulder of the last defender, we would see his class and quality.
Here are three videos of Fernando Torres' performances for Chelsea with stats afterwards. Judge for yourselves on whether or not he IS being given the service.
As you can see in this one, Torres was involved in alot of our play, had a big say in the goal, should of had at least one penalty BUT, was still not given the right service as he was forced out wide or picked the ball up wide. No through balls in behind the last defender although he receives the ball numerous times in an around the edge of the box.
Again, Look at the lack of balls being played into him in central areas in and around the box. The one chance he had he toe poked wide and has been slated for it. All I will say is watch it again, Ayala dives at his feet and if Torres had hit it on target I THINK it would have been blocked anyway.
Now onto Wolves away.
Notice again how many times he creates things for other players but has very little come his way from his team mates again. Look at the lack of balls being played into him in central areas in and around the box.
This was the game that the Scouse Joke of a pundit Phil Thompson claimed that Torres was really poor so I had a pop!.
After seeing all these video's do you honestly believe we are giving him the service he needs? Do you really believe that we will ever get the best out of Torres by playing as we are? We need to give him the ball quickly in behind defenders just as Liverpool used to do.
Fernando Torres will come good at Chelsea and I believe that 100%. I keep saying it but when it comes to Torres it applies more than ever:
Form is temporary, class is permanent!
Here to finish is a short video of the good things about Torres including his goals for Chelsea. I want to point out one thing which is basically the whole point of this blog post, Everytime he has scored for us it's because he has been played in or given the service that I keep banging on about!.
Anelka played him in against West Ham, Mata played him in against Swansea with a ball over the top. Anelka again played him in behind United's defence at Old Trafford, Lampard played him in for his first against Genk and Meireles crossed first time for him to head home against Genk.
Keep the faith in Torres and he WILL deliver.
(Stats taken from the FourFourTwo Stats Zone app from ITunes)