Jose Mourinho has already started the mind games with his Premier League rivals, hinting that he won’t be spending silly money this summer with the emphasis on hard work with the players he already has.
If that’s the case then Fernando Torres could quickly find himself as the key figure in Chelsea’s attack, which opens up the debate of whether the club can trust him due to his inconsistent record with the team.
Torres hit the 20 goal mark for Chelsea last season, which would have been his target before the start of the campaign but he still managed eight goals in just 36 Premier League appearances.
He’s in the Spain squad due to his late season form, scoring two goals in his last two games of the campaign, which probably tipped the decision over whether to include him into the Spain squad in his favour.
It’s a question of whether the motivation, confidence and belief he will get from playing for Spain again is big enough to translate into his club form, allowing him to hit the ground running next season.
Whatever Mourinho hints at this stage, Chelsea need to bring in some attacking support and it wouldn’t be a surprise if that’s in the form of a high profile and prolific European forward.
Romelu Lukaku may be drafted back into the squad but there is no guarantee the big Belgian forward is going to start in every game and Torres’ inconsistency alongside Dema Ba’s means that’s an issue Chelsea can’t get round.
Chelsea will expect to win the Premier League next season with Mourinho at the helm now that Sir Alex Ferguson has retired and Roberto Mancini has been sacked.
It’s very important for the club that they can have a striker leading the attack next season who can have a similar impact to how Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez played last year.
As confident and upbeat as Torres is, he is not going to be that player because his record ever since he joined Chelsea proves he’s a completely different sort of striker to the one that was so prolific with Liverpool.
He will be a key member of the Chelsea attack and he will be used when needed next season but it would be too much of a gamble for Mourinho to trust Torres to lead the attack when there will be so much pressure and even more expectation at the club next year.
His superb run of form last December where he scored seven goals in six games shows he still has bursts of that prolific form but whoever Mourinho signs, that will be the player to carry the attack
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