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An obvious point, but one worth making.
At his best, Fernando Torres is one of the world's deadliest finishers. Unfortunately, his day hasn't come around too often across the past year.
He may have won the Champions League and F.A. Cup with Chelsea last season, but his role was minimal. Much has been made about his ability to replace a club legend like Didier Drogba, and if Sunday's performance against Wigan is to go by, Torres has plenty to improve on.
The problem is, if he succumbs to another bout of poor form, Roberto Di Matteo doesn't have anyone else to rest the pressure on. After scoring 11 goals in 28 Premier League appearances last year, Daniel Sturridge is an obvious choice to fill any potential void.
Unfortunately, I doubt he possesses the tools to fire Chelsea toward the Premier League title at this stage in his career.
Romelu Lukaku, whom Chelsea has loaned out to West Brom for the season, is already one goal ahead of Torres. It's naive to judge such a statistic after only one game, but it underlines the potential of a player who could do a job for Di Matteo's side, and lift some pressure off Torres' shoulders.
The onus is very much on the Spaniard. If the European Champions are to be successful this season, he must remain fit, and in top form.