Fernando Torres’ future at Chelsea looks pretty much over. The £50 million striker has been a flop in his three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge and it would be a huge surprise indeed if he is kept on by manager Jose Mourinho beyond the summer.
The Spain international has been linked with a move away from the Blues for over two years now, and his performances this campaign may just have been unimpressive enough for the club bosses to finally sell him.
No one can doubt the 30-year-old’s talent. A hugely gifted footballer, he has shown what he can do first at Atletico Madrid and then at Liverpool, where he is a legend to the Kop.
Yet for the past three or so years, when Torres should have been at his best, he has actually been at his worst. He has won the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League with Chelsea and has scored some important goals, but one still wonders if he was really that influential in their success.
This campaign Torres is proving to be a big disappointment again, as Mourinho too is struggling to get the best out of him. Perhaps it is a lack of confidence, perhaps it is the tactics or maybe the striker simply has lost his form for good.
Here is a look at the stats that show how much Torres has become a shadow of his former self this season.
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The above tables pretty much sum up Torres’ 2013-14 campaign. Four goals and four assists in 1,442 minutes of Premier League football is a very poor return.
And it’s not that he did not have chances to score. He has had a total of 52 attempts, out of which only 15 were in target.
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A summer exit for Torres looks likelier than ever and the Chelsea bosses may not hesitate to offload him if a decent offer comes in