Chelsea striker's display his WORST of the season, and of anybody the whole weekend

Fernando Torres Glum

Fernando Torres gives Jose Mourinho further reason to move him on from Chelsea after this season.

With his World Cup place under serious threat, as well as his Chelsea future - Fernando Torres desperately needed a positive display at the weekend.

Selected as a starter away to Aston Villa, the fact he was substituted just past an hour with the score goalless should tell it's own story, but there was even more to it than that.

Torres' display was woeful - he was presented with chances, yet each and every time he failed to test the goalkeeper.

The Spaniard fired in five shots on goal, but not a single one hit the target. 

The table below illustrates this as Torres' most wasteful display of the season, on no occasion has he attempted more shots, recording none on target.

PlayerMatchMatchdayTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttMins
Fernando Torres Chelsea vs Man City 09 5 3 90
Fernando Torres Aston Villa vs Chelsea 30 5 0 67
Fernando Torres Southampton vs Chelsea 20 4 1 90
Fernando Torres Fulham vs Chelsea 28 4 3 82
Fernando Torres Arsenal vs Chelsea 17 3 1 87
Fernando Torres Chelsea vs Southampton 13 3 1 84
Fernando Torres Hull vs Chelsea 21 3 1 90
Fernando Torres Chelsea vs Everton 27 2 0 28
Fernando Torres Sunderland vs Chelsea 14 2 0 65
Fernando Torres Chelsea vs Fulham 05 2 1 26

That perhaps was not the only damning context regarding Torres' weak display. Not only was the performance his worst, but it was the most wasteful of any Premier League player the entire weekend, attempting and missing more shots than Robin van Persie.

While the Dutchman's problems at United have been much-discussed, Torres' limp display has almost gone unnoted, such is the regularity with which he fails to impress nowadays, yet this one really stood out.

PlayerTeamPosTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttMins
Fernando Torres Chelsea FW 5 0 67
Nabil Bentaleb Spurs MF 4 0 90
Fabio Borini Sunderland FW 4 0 90
Steven Fletcher Sunderland FW 4 0 45
Robin van Persie Man Utd FW 4 0 90

If Chelsea lose out on the league title, you can only wonder whether with a fully firing striker it would have turned out differently.

Fernando Torres was linked to former club Atletico Madrid over the weekend as a possible replacement for Diego Costa - but judging on the weekend's display, why would they want him?

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