'Mistreated' at Chelsea, Torres can reignite his career at AC Milan

Former Derby and AC Milan player Stefano Eranio has compared Fernando Torres to a car that needs to be handled correctly.

Fernando Torres endured a difficult three-and-a-half years at Chelsea before moving on loan to AC Milan last month. He will be hoping he can reignite a career that has stagnated since his £50 million move from Liverpool.

It's hard to put your finger on why Torres' isn't the same player that once used to tear apart Premier League defences. At 30 years of age Torres still has time to make a significant impact for a number of years and he needs all the support he can get at AC Milan. Something which coach Stefanio Eranio has already publicly given him.

Eranio, who used to play for Derby Coutny between 1997 and 2001 has said AC Milan will not mistreat Torres in the same way Chelsea did. Speaking to Milan News, Eranio said  "In recent years he has not been in contention much and has spent a long time on the Chelsea bench."

"But he is like a car, he needs to play to find his form. He needs the confidence of the coach and to make the most of his surroundings."

Torres scored 45 goals in 172 games in all competitions for Chelsea, and in that time won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with the club scoring some important goals along the way. He hasn't been dreadful at Chelsea, far from that, but perhaps more was expected due to the £50 million outlay.

Chelsea have predominantly played one striker up front in recent years and therefore Torres hasn't been giving guaranteed game time because he hasn't guaranteed them goals. There was always pressure on him, and critics were quick to pounce, but his contribution to the team was never given full credit.

Torres will have assisted plenty of goals during his time at the club, and was still a key player despite not finding the net as often as he would have liked.

New surroundings will give Torres a new lease of life, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him score 20 goals in Serie A this season. The club have already given incredible backing to him, and he may just find top gear once more.

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