The staggering stat which shows Fernando Torres has no future at Chelsea

Fernando Torres Glum

Fernando Torres has no goals in the Premier League since December.

Fernando Torres has become a bit of a cult figure among Chelsea fans of late, due to his masked alter-ego doing the business in the Europa League on Thursday night.

'Zorres' as the Spaniard is jokily nicknamed, akin to Zorro, scored for the club again versus Basel - but in the Premier League the 29-year-old has just not been doing the business.

His last goal for the Blues in the Premier League came in the 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa in December. 

At that stage it was hoped that former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez would get him firing regularly, and even get the Blues back into the title hunt.

Neither have happened and the Blues are simply fighting to battle in the top four, which after their win at Old Trafford yesterday they have a great chance of doing.

But if they want to challenge for the title next season, there is a reason why they are linked with signing goalscorers like Falcao and Robert Lewandowski.

They are prolific, and Torres simply isn't the player he once was, not the £50 million striker the Blues hoped they were buying.

While he has had a few good moments, and began the 2012/13 season promisingly, from a Premier League point of view it has not been good enough.

All strikers have goal droughts from time to time, but Torres' at Chelsea appear to go longer than a player of his supposed calibre really should have.

In his mitigation, Demba Ba being cup-tied in the Europa League has often seen Torres rested at weekends and played in the competition instead, and his five in eight games is a record to be proud of.

But his Premier League goal drought extends to 15 games, of which seven he has played the entire 90 minutes.

These matches came against Norwich, Everton, QPR, Wigan, Fulham, Southampton and Liverpool. 

If Chelsea are to kick on next season, the expected incoming Jose Mourinho will demand a striker who can fire the Blues past these teams.

Torres may yet have a part to play in Chelsea's final games and fight to finish in the top four, and Europa League Final, but it could just be his swansong.

If Chelsea are to kick on next season should Torres be moved on? How do you explain his differing form in the Premier League and Europa League?

image: © Ben Sutherland

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