Would Rooney and Torres be a 'fantastic partnership'?

Fernando Torres May 2012

Chelsea legend Dennis Wise believes Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney would be a ‘fantastic partnership’ at Stamford Bridge.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has fixed his aim on Rooney as his ‘only target’ this summer as the Portuguese coach looks to bolster his attacking line ahead of the new season.

Upon he being asked if Chelsea were interested and or had made bids for any others players, he responded:

"No - and we won't."

"We want the player. Now it's up to Manchester United,” he added. Asked if it is Rooney or bust, he replied: "Yes."

Former Blues captain Wise has also backed the boss to sign the England number 10 and believes that the 27-year-old striker and current Blues struggler Fernando Torres could forge a formidable striker partnership.

Torres is and always has been an out-and-out centre-forward. The same would have been said for Rooney up until last season when, upon the arrival of Robin van Persie, Rooney was deployed more regularly as a supporting striker, in a deeper role more of an attacking midfielder with United by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rooney functions well as a number 10, despite having spent most of his career operating as a number 9 striker for United. Meanwhile, Fernando Torres hasn’t exactly set the world on fire since his £50 million move from Liverpool in 2011.

The 29-year-old Spaniard has managed just 15 Premier League goals for Chelsea in two and a half seasons, averaging just 5 league goals a term. However, whilst Rooney and Torres make sense on paper, Chelsea’s main man – their most effective player.

Juan Mata operates as the attacking midfield playmaker. Torres’ compatriot and national side teammate is the most creative player in the squad and has been performing at the highest level of quality in that position out of every team in the English top tier – no one made more assists than Juan Mata last term.

If Rooney came in, I would suggest that the manager’s preference would be to drop Torres to the bench – I think if Mourinho is chasing Rooney it’s as an alternative to Torres, not as a partner to compliment him.

With Mata dropped in behind Rooney and likely Eden Hazard or Andre Schurrle flanking Rooney, there really isn’t any room for Torres anywhere but on the bench and if Romelu Lukaku replicate his form at West Brom last term, Torres may find himself out in the cold.

Whilst Dennis Wise may believe Rooney and Torres would make a great partnership, I think Rooney and Mata would make a better on.

images: © Wshjackson, © Ronnie Macdonald

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