Chelsea announce new signing Demba Ba, but what effect will it have on Chelsea ‘s £50 million man Fernando Torres?
After just two years and having spent £50 million on him, could Fernando Torres’ Chelsea nightmare be coming to an end.
Many saw the arrival of Rafael Benitez as a sign that Abramovich was going to remain loyal to his most expensive purchase, but with signing a player in prolific form such as Demba Ba this may signal the beginning of the end for Torres.
Chelsea were in fine form at the beginning of the campaign but as Torres’ form slumped through October and November so did Chelsea ‘s league position, in the end it cost Di Matteo his position as manager and led to the arrival of Torres’ former mentor Benitez.
However this deal to bring in Ba would suggest that perhaps even Bentiez is unsure of whether he can bring back the Fernando Torres of old.
Torres was frustrated through large parts of last season and at the end of the season signaled that in order to be first choice and enjoy his football once move he may need to move away from Stamford Bridge, however he was back yet again in the summer by Roman Abramovich and Roberto Di Matteo as Didier Drogba left for China and Romelu Lukaku was loaned out to West Brom.
All looked well at the beginning of the season, and even now the stats would add up in Torres’ favour, yet there is still something not right.
Is it that the pacey kind of striker who tries to run beyond the last man onto through balls doesn’t fit the mould at Stamford Bridge?
Look at previous strikers bought in during the Abramovich era for example, Shevchenko and Kezman, both arrived with prolific records in Italy and Holland yet neither could replicate it for Chelsea. It seems to be the powerful strikers that perform well at Chelsea, there has been Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink who was there at the start of the Abramovich era, Herman Crespo, who although couldn’t settle was a powerful striker and had a decent return for Chelsea especially during Ranieri’s reign. Then of course there is that man Didier.
It seems to be Chelsea ‘s style and yet although they are trying to change to become a more slick side, with the signings of Hazard, Mata, Luiz ans Oscar Torres still looks out of place.
Some thought and swap between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea could happen for Falcao in the summer, yet the move for Ba has only taken a couple of days into the window to happen.
Ba looks like the striker Chelsea could do with, and he offers the physical presence upfront that Torres just does not have and with his excellent Premier League record for West Ham and Newcastle United he’s already proven at Premier League level.
The transfer may not have been issued by Benitez as he’s only set to remain in charge until the summer, but it speaks volumes as to whether Abramovich is losing patience with his most expensive signing yet.
It also will not help Torres with Ba starting in the 5-1 3rd round FA Cup tie against Southampton and scoring twice and being denied a hat-trick by a good save from Boruc.
Torres may be back to being number two in the pecking order especially when Benitez has chosen Ba ahead of him only hours after signing, however Torres will still get his chance in the Europa League as Ba is cup tied.
If Torres were to return to playing second fiddle behind Ba what options would he have. He would most probably announce that he was unhappy again, but unlike this summer it seems as though he may not be handed another chance.
A move would most probably be on the cards but the where. Well Atletico Madrid would most probably take their former youth graduate back to Spain, where he could be back in the familiar family surroundings he grew up in and no longer in the manic city of London, where he would seem more unsettled than in Liverpool, yet Madrid is a city he knows well.
Alternatively, could the return move to Liverpool happen? Most probably not, the new owners would probably be reluctant to pay the high wages and the club is going in a new way under Rodgers and after just signings Sturridge from Chelsea to play through the middle the need for a striker would not seem as desperate as before.
The other options would probably be a big money move out to China or Russia as many players are starting to do now, but would we want to see that from Torres, going out on a big money move, where he heart may not be in the football he is playing.
A move back to Spain would probably be the best option for Torres and would hopefully bring back his lethal goal scoring touch.