Monday, August 29, 2011
Come Back To Liverpool, Fernando!
As I watched Chelsea toiled to a late victory over Norwich City, I just felt sorry for El Nino. Finally looking sharp in pre-season, this was THE season that Torres resumes his Premiership goalscoring feats in Chelsea blue.
Three games on and yet no goals from the World Cup winning Spaniard. And I feel a sense of frustration building up inside me, as I saw the inability of Lampard, Mikel, Malouda and Anelka to exploit Torres' undoubted talents. The old Chelsea boys are not creating chances for the ex-Reds legend or could it be that they do not fancy him at The Bridge? Time and again, the Blues midfield do not look to pass to Torres and the Spaniard look like a lonely soul on the pitch.
Torres, with his pace, likes the ball played in front of him and somehow, Chelsea do not have the midfielders who could or want to provide these passes. Which is why Nando was instrumental in convincing Juan Mata to sign for Chelsea. The star of the Euro-21 tournament, Mata has the intelligence and passing ability to get Torres firing again.
Andre Villa-Boas inherited an aging squad and in the first three games, that lack of pace, energy and creativity are clearly evident. Chelsea struggled against Stoke whom they brushed aside 7-0 two seasons ago, the Blues needed a late winner to beat West Brom and only a John Ruddy sending off allowed them to sneak a win they hardly deserved. Chelsea distinctly lack a creative playmaker, hence the heavy interest in Modric and Moutinho. Perhaps a cheeky bid for Mikel Arteta whom Arsenal is rumoured to be courting, could take place as Spurs and Porto play hard ball.
Chelsea are rebuilding, that's a fact. Signing Lukaku and Mata underlined the Blues' intent to herald a new younger generation of success. The aging Terry-Lampard-Drogba needs replacing and the final piece for Villa-Boas is a world-class playmaker.
Torres could well go on to be a Chelsea legend, but for now, Nando, if you are unhappy and want to come home, I welcome you back in Liverpool red.
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