It appeared that with the start of a new season came the resurrection of Fernando Torres. He was not necessarily back to his scoring, ways but his confidence seemed to have returned. He was making dangerous runs behind the defense, taking players on, and most importantly, creating chances for other teammates. Basically, he was making a nuisance of himself.
After a leg injury sidelined him for most of November, Samuel Eto’o stepped into a larger role but was very unconvincing. Now with Eto’o injured and Torres healthy, Chelsea fans thought the former Torres was making a return. That has not seemed the case in his first two matches back. Against Southampton, it was his strike partner, Demba Ba, who came on to snatch the third goal.
And now, against a rejuvenated Sunderland side, Torres showed that he is nowhere near his best. A torrid 64 minutes saw him shuffle off the field to be replaced by a far more productive Demba Ba. Not only did he miss a complete sitter, but looked too timid to pull the trigger for much of the game.
Fernando Torres is still very talented, but at 29 years of age, there is not much more time for the Spanish international to rediscover his form.
For the time being, there still is room at Chelsea for Fernando. He seems to always play better in competitions than in the league, and will probably get the bulk of the minutes in Champions League play. Hopefully, a player of Torres’ caliber can find his shooting boots once again as the class he can bring only makes the Premier League and Champions League that much better.
Now we must see if Chelsea decide to spend big in the January transfer market, or wait patiently for the growth of Romelu Lukaku as he continues his loan spell at Everton.