I was sitting in a student bar in Norwich playing tense games of FIFA on their X-Box when I heard the news come over Sky Sports News on Transfer Deadline Day 2011.
Jim White’s Alban tones resonating in my ear-drums…
Fernando Torres has signed for Chelsea on a £50 million deal.
I remember being aghast at the price-tag as for me it was clear the Spaniard’s best days were already behind him.
His first season at Liverpool was sensational but after two good but not jaw-dropping campaigns later he was struggling with fitness and the inevitable drop off in pace that was once so blistering.
So to spend that absurd amount of money on him seemed perplexing to say the least; and there was little surprise when Liverpool said thank you very much.
The fact they then went and blew the lot on the £35 million signing of Andy Carroll from Newcastle United is an irrelevant but important note about how completely bonkers that transfer window was.
Since that move Torres has struggled to recapture his best form for The Blues and while he has not been that bad this season his 22 goals have come from a whopping 64 games. As our very own Vincent Ralph put it so well this weekend; Chelsea’s best striker this season was playing for West Brom.
But if Liverpool managed to get £50 million for a Spanish talent whose career was clearly on a downward curve just think what they could ask for a better all-round player whose career seems to be on the up and up.
Luis Suarez has admitted this week that he would struggle to say no to Real Madrid and that he could leave the UK as now might be the perfect time to leave after a difficult relationship with the English press came to a head. However blaming the press for how they reacted to him attempting to take a chunk out of an opponent seems a ludicrous notion; but there lies an argument for another day.
But if you compare the pair’s Liverpool career there is no doubt that the Merseysider’s should be asking for well in excess of the £50 million mark.
Suarez scored 30 goals last campaign; something Torres only did in his first year at the club and as an overall talent I have no doubt that Suarez is a far more rounded footballing phenomenon.
Like him or not he is a breath-taking footballer; who should command a far more illustrious fee than the man he replaced.
How much do you think Suarez is worth?
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