Will Mourinho now make Torres his main striker?

Fernando Torres

After his impressive display against Manchester City, will the Chelsea boss now make the Spaniard his main man?

Jose Mourinho has rotated between all three of his available strikers so far this season in Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba.

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But out of the three of them, Fernando Torres has been the more prolific, despite only scoring his first Premier League goal of the season in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Manchester City.

There were signs during the second half of last season at least, that Fernando Torres was starting to show he is capable of rediscovering the form that made him such a menace for opposition defences – and that he even led to him breaking records at Liverpool.

So far this season he has scored a couple of goals in the Super Cup against Bayern Munich, in the League Cup against Swindon and managed to get a brace in midweek in the 2-0 away win against Schalke in the Champions League.

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Yesterday he put in a very impressive performance against Manchester City in what could be a huge game in the context of the title race last season given his late winner after capitalising on a howler of a defensive mix up between Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic.

Over the course of the start of the season, Torres has looked stronger, more aggressive – and this doesn’t even include what was said to be a scratch on Jan Vertonghen at White Hart Lane a few weeks ago.

The fear seems to have gone, his body language is better, and he seems fitter. He seems to be a lot more determined to chase everything down – a big factor in his goal yesterday.

Whilst this is by no means a swipe at Eto’o and Ba – both strikers have admirable qualities and experience, Torres looks to be a man in very good form at the moment. And what may improve his form even further would be for Mourinho to say he is his number one man.

But that doesn’t seem to be the Mourinho way of doing things – as he has said time and again that he likes to rotate his strikers.

Torres, though, does seem to have the bit between his teeth and it would seem strange for him not to be used on a fairly regular basis in the coming weeks. Will Mourinho now make him his preferred option? The Spaniard has certainly not done his chance much harm.

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