Fernando Torres: Chelsea vs. Fulham
The Daily Mail and The Mirror reported on a possible replacement of Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge. Martin Lipton of The Mirror wrote that Torres was given a one month reprieve at Chelsea.
Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail and Mr. Lipton wrote about Taison Freda being a possible replacement for Torres.
The time has come to compare Torres and Taison before arriving at a conclusion.
Torres arrived at Stamford Bridge nearly two years ago from Liverpool. Roman Abramovich signed Torres for the price of €50 million and high expectations.
One of the expectations was to score goals for the Blues at home and abroad. The goals barely materialized with Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea FC webpage stated that Torres scored his first goal after 14 matches. The same webpage reveals that Torres scored 19 goals within 89 matches.
In an interview with Guillem Balague of Sky Sport (h/t to FOX Sports), Torres expressed his disappointment with Stamford Bridge.
Torres complained that he did not play an important role with the Blues.
Torres was given an opportunity in the recent match between Chelsea and Fulham. The result of the match was a scoreless draw, but Torres had an opportunity to score in the match and ruined it..
Even Fabio Capello (former England and current Russia manager) admitted that Torres has "lost it" since he joined Chelsea.
Taison is currently a midfielder and striker for FC Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine. Taison scored an electrifying goal against Rosenborg BK in the Group K UEFA Europa League match.
Since then, Taison has been compared with Marco van Basten during the latter's participation in the 1988 UEFA European Championship. According to ESPN Soccernet, Taison scored seven goals and started 23 matches since 2010/11 for Metalist in the Europa League.
Taison has 36 shots, with 21 of them on goal within the same period in the Europa League. According to The Telegraph, Taison scored 18 goals within 69 matches for Metalist.
The Telegraph reported that Chelsea might sign Taison for £10 million. For this to happen, Chelsea will have to obtain a work permit based on "special talents."
Before Chelsea signs Taison, it has to resolve the Torres problem.
When a player is given one month to prove himself, it means that his days are over.
While Darren Campbell (former Olympic sprinter) says that he could fix Torres in two weeks, it is over for the latter.
Torres is not helping Chelsea with his lack of goals or erratic play, and he has become the object of ridicule in British tabloids such as The Mirror.
The Blues should start 2013 by selling Torres to any team that wants him. Taison could sign with Chelsea and start playing as soon as the work permit is resolved.
Whether Abramovich and Chelsea will replace Torres with Taison remains to be seen, though.