Islam Feruz found the back of the net for Chelsea U21s against Fulham U21s on Monday night, and has been in impressive form for club and country youth sides all season. Should he be given a go in the first team?
Whilst Rafa Benitez can talk all he likes about Torres' current lack of goals being down to a lack of service, most other people are able to see that much of the problem lies with the Spanish striker himself.
Torres looks bereft of confidence, and his movement seems at odds with what the rest of the team is trying to do. Having passed 10 hours without a league goal this week, should Chelsea be trying someone else at the head of their formation in the busy schedule before January?
They have already given Sturridge a couple of tries, with the England striker looking uncomfortable in the system, and also unforgivably selfish on occasion. Hazard was also given a false nine role in the fateful night at Juventus, a formation change that proved to be Di Matteo's last before he was shown the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
Benitez may have been tasked with resurrecting Torres, but Chelsea need results in the next month, and for that to happen they need a striker scoring goals. Lukaku is the only senior Blues striker doing that at the moment; unfortunately he's doing it for West Brom.
There is a youth player who is finding the back of the net regularly however, and in recent weeks there has been an increase in calls from Chelsea fans for Islam Feruz to be given an opportunity in the senior side.
Feruz is only 17, but then so is Raheem Sterling, who has been introduced to the Premiership with great success this season. The Scottish striker has been banging the goals in this month, scoring a brace for Scotland's U21 team away in Portugal, and also for Chelsea's U21 side, for whom he scored against Fulham on Monday.
Turning out for youth teams is an entirely different proposition to leading an attack with some of the best midfielders in the world behind you, but with Chelsea facing a flurry of fixtures over the coming weeks, including the Club World Cup, Feruz could be given a couple of chances at senior level if Benitez sees fit.
With his lack of experience may come some welcome confidence, and Chelsea may benefit as a result. Benitez may also enjoy the benefit of a little less hostility from the fans if he gives a talented youth prospect a game.
With Torres looking no closer to finding form in front of goal, and Sturridge looking unsuited to Chelsea's system, there is a lack of options for Benitez to try in his front line. Chelsea have to start scoring again, with the atmosphere toxic enough due to Benitez's appointment without insipid goalless draws also angering the fans.
In Feruz, Chelsea have a striker who is scoring goals, that might be enough to at least get him on the bench in the coming month.
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