‘He just needs a goal’ - An all too familiar tale for £50m Chelsea flop

Fernando Torres

Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres is struggling for form at AC Milan.

AC Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi says Chelsea loan star Fernando Torres just needs that elusive goal to snap him out of his current disappointing form.

The man who once cost the Stamford Bridge outfit £50 million failed to replicate his earlier Premier League performances at Stamford Bridge resulting in the club actively looking to sell him.

The problem the Blues encountered were not only financial – Torres’s hefty weekly-wage and probable asking price – but also his rapid decline in form.

With fellow Premier League sides unwilling to take the gamble, Jose Moruinho found a willing host in Serie A outfit AC Milan who were prepared to take him on a two-year loan deal.

The transaction ultimately made sense for all parties, though it became abruptly clear that the former Kop hero’s struggles would go beyond the Premier League and into the Italian top flight.

After scoring just once all season – his last strike coming in September – the 30-year-old has lost his place in the side prompting his manager Filippo Inzaghi to explain his current situation.

“I can only say what I see and in training Torres gives it all he’s got. I hope he can return to being the Torres we all know, when he finds optimal physical and psychological form,” he was quoted as saying by Football-Italia.

“He just needs a goal to break the ice. I wanted to sign this player and I never lost faith in him. We hope that tomorrow he can get the breakthrough, if not it’ll be the next game.”

Torres has started just seven Serie A matches this season, averaging just 1.9 shots per game and often being outshone by fellow teammate Jeremy Menez.

His contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer of 2016 which falls in line with the end of his loan-spell in Milan, suggesting that he has already played his last game in a Blue shirt.

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