Should Torres regret move from Liverpool to Chelsea?

Fernando Torres moved from Liverpool to Chelsea for a club record fee of £50 million in January 2011 but has not replicated his Anfield form since.

The 30-year-old Spain international burst onto the scene in the Premier League scoring 33 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in his first season after signing from Atletico Madrid in his homeland in 2007.

Fernando Torres scored 17 goals the next season, 22 goals the season after that and 9 goals in the months before his mid-season move to Stamford Bridge. Since moving to Chelsea his goal threat has been significantly reduced. He scored just one goal in 18 appearances in the painstaking first half-season at Chelsea and managed just 11 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions in his first full term.

He seemed to be gaining confidence back in 2012/13 scoring 22 goals across a massive 64 appearances in all competitions but then halved his tally last term scoring 11 goals again across 41 appearances.

His record for Spain has been relatively consistent – he scored 5 goals in 5 appearances last year and has scored one goal so far in 2014 but should Fernando Torres regret his move to Chelsea?

The most important consideration for any player at the top level is their inclusion in the national team and Torres has not suffered any particular problems in that aspect due to his move. The second most important consideration is the titles and medals they win and Torres as seen no shortage of those at Chelsea with whom he has won the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.

The next consideration is money and, again, there is no shortage of that at Stamford Bridge. He is paid handsomely, a reported £200,000-a-week in wages plus bonuses which, over the course of his five-year contract signed in 2011 was worth £35million roughly, when including his signing on fee.

But, when Torres eventually retires and looks back at his career, I wonder whether his bank balance will compensate for the real reason young boys and girls decide they want to play football in the first place: to be the best.

Torres was, prior to his move, the best striker in the Premier League and undoubtedly the most coveted. He came second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of his goal tally in his first season at Anfield and has never even made the top ten top scorers since moving to Chelsea.

At international level he has won two European Championships, and a World Cup with Spain but this summer, in Brazil, he may likely find himself behind Diego Costa in the pecking order. Overall, as he heads into the twilight years of his career now, I wonder whether he may regret his move at the time when he was steadfastly becoming a world beater with Liverpool when he is now considered one of the most expensive flops in English footballing history.

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