Collymore: Mou has cost Chelsea title, Blue striker not alpha

Torres Goal

Bleacher Report columnist and talkSPORT host believes strikers thrive in an alpha male culture, an absent trait amongst Blue forwards.

Fernando Torres has been on the books at Chelsea for just over three years yet after his first full season the Stamford Bridge side should have cut their losses on him, opines Stan Collymore for Bleacher Report, a decision that would have saved them around £20m in player wages.

Instead, Torres has remained in West London, participated in 36 of the club's 38 games in the Premier League but failed to even reach a ten-goal landmark, returning eight, a figure he hasn't got anywhere near this season, returning just four from 23 appearances in the division.

"Chelsea should have cut their losses on Torres after his first season," said Collymore.

"Samuel Eto'o arrived having been playing in the relative backwaters of Russian football and Demba Ba is not Champions League class," he added, underlining the consensus verdict that Chelsea have a lack of quality options up front.

Part of that may be down to beta mentality, Collymore implies, as Torres does not come across as much of an alpha: "I know from firsthand experience—I played with Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Robbie Fowler and Bryan Roy— strikers operate in an alpha male culture. If you're not a strong enough character, you fall away."

Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho will no doubt recruit a marquee striker when the transfer window reopens for trading, yet Collymore believes he had the solution earlier in the season but refused to utilise it in a decision that could prove costly come the end of the campaign.

"Mourinho will tell you he needs a Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao or Edinson Cavani figure to lead his line but there's a striker he decided to send out on loan who offers precisely the kind of physicality and goalscoring prowess he's badly lacking right now.

"That man is Romelu Lukaku, and Mourinho's negligence in allowing Lukaku to spend the season at Everton may yet cost Chelsea the Premier League title."

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