Torres must outplay former Liverpool target to have Milan future

Fernando Torres faces a battle to prove his worth at AC Milan and the man standing in his way is Stephan El Shaarawy, a striker Liverpool have admired.

The pressure is growing on Fernando Torres to repay AC Milan's faith in him after a poor return in his first few games for the club.

The Spanish striker was signed on a two-year loan switch from Chelsea and there were high expectations, but so far he has delivered just one goal in 246 minutes of play.

Milan boss Pippo Inzaghi may already be tiring of Torres after he looked lifeless against Chievo and the former Liverpool striker faces the possibility of being benched.

If he is to win a regular starting place, Torres will have to prove he is a better bet than Stephan El Shaarawy.

The two men aren't compatible and so they will be battling for one place in Inzaghi's attacking trident, alongside Jeremy Menez and Keisuke Honda, who has made a magnificent start to the campaign.

Torres needs to step up soon if he is to prevent El Shaarawy getting a chance to establish himself. The gifted marksman has been plagued by injuries but his natural talent is clear and he has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool in the past.

El Shaarawy made a superb start to the 2012-13 campaign and was Serie A's top scorer with 14 goals at the halfway point of the season, but he sat out almost all of last year with injuries.

The Pharaoh is back now though and will be desperate to make his mark, which may be to the detriment of Torres, who is also badly in need of a renaissance.

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