Chelsea should sell Fernando Torres now and deal with the problem

Rafa Benitez has not got Fernando Torres firing at Chelsea, and its time to face facts.

There is still almost three weeks remaining in this transfer window. To put it another way, Chelsea still have a chance to save their season.

Put simply, with Fernando Torres up front they are not going to achieve anything, and its time they not only realised on this fact but acted on it.

Next season can you see Torres playing any better? The answer is surely no, so what's the point in wasting time on a player who is the shadow he once was. 

The Blues have spent two years hoping the Spaniard would recapture the form which made him worth spending £50 million on, sooner or later it has to be accepted it probably isn't going to happen.

Watching him last night in the Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea summed up his demise; he was awful and not for the first time this season. Despite a brief good start early in the season, it is now clear he is holding Chelsea back.

The fans are seeing it, they were chanting for Demba Ba last night, who when he came off the bench for the final 10 minutes did more in that time than Torres had the whole game.

The whole team looked better upon Ba's arrival, more chances were created, and while Benitez may have got this selection wrong, this is the only way he is going to learn about his squad.

Ba has to start at the weekend, but the problem is, Torres is unlikely to react any better. What Chelsea fans are likely sick of is hearing about Torres needing confidence, he has had every opportunity this season and failed to seize it - He is now clearly holding the team back.

There is one way to deal with the issue, put him up for sale. There is time for Chelsea to bring in one more, may be two strikers, they have the money and resources to do so.

Potential targets are Alvaro Negredo and Loic Remy. Would the pair of them be an upgrade on Torres? Yes. Would one of them? Probably. They will have to act fast on Remy as Newcastle want him to replace Ba, but the point stands that there are a number of options around that can do a job better than Torres is at present.

They may struggle to find a buyer for Torres on current form, but you can bet a side like Juventus who need a striker will enquire, a bidding war around Europe may even break out if Chelsea place a 'For Sale' tag on his head, otherwise they could always send him on loan.

They say drastic times call for drastic measures, but this surely is one of the more straightforward things the Blues can do, it actually seems more damaging to keep Torres in the team at present.

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