5 Ways to Get Fernando Torres Back on Track at Chelsea

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

5 Ways to Get Fernando Torres Back on Track at Chelsea

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    Fernando Torres has had a tumultuous career at Chelsea since his move to the club from Liverpool in January 2011. 

    There is no doubt that you can call the Spanish forward's move from Anfield to Stamford Bridge a bust, and the Blues are just trying to get some productivity out of Torres before they eventually ship him away from the club. 

    Manager Rafa Benitez worked with Torres when he was in stellar goal-scoring form at Liverpool, and many people around the club were hoping the two would link up for success once again.

    However, in the first three matches of the Benitez era, that has not been the case. 

    How Torres is still in the starting 11 for Chelsea baffles everyone in the football world, and the Blues still need to find a way to get the best out of the forward this season.

    Here are five ways that Chelsea can make the Torres debacle less painful.

Send Torres to the Bench

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    Fernando Torres has started all 14 of Chelsea's EPL matches this season, and he has provided just four goals. 

    Torres has been even more useless in the Champions League, with one goal in five appearances, four of which have been starts.

    Most clubs with an out-of-form forward replace him with someone off the bench but that has not been the case with Torres. 

    At this point in the season, it is worth giving Daniel Sturridge a shot at the forward position in the 4-2-3-1 formation.

    Sturridge has only played in seven EPL matches, with just one of those appearances being a start, and has scored one goal. 

    Rafa Benitez does not have any other options off the bench, and it is worth giving the young Englishman a chance to replace the underperforming Torres. 

Play with Two Forwards for the Whole 90 Minutes

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    Chelsea have played in a 4-2-3-1 formation all season, but Torres has not found success in the formation.

    When Benitez took over for former manager Roberto di Matteo, he kept the same formation in his first three matches in charge. 

    If Benitez wants to throw a complete change into the Chelsea formula, he could bring in Sturridge to play alongside Torres in some variation of a 4-4-2 formation.

    This formation would allow two wingers, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, in the midfield with two centrally based midfielders, John Obi Mikel and Ramires. 

    The only true changes that the 4-4-2 would bring to the Blues lineup are the central midfielders moving forward a bit more in attack and the lack of a third creative midfielder like they would have in the 4-2-3-1. 

    With Chelsea failing to win a match during the Benitez era, the time for change is perfect as Benitez is looking for a result quickly. 

Let Torres Settle in Under Benitez

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    This option may be the worst out of the five options I present in this article because of the state of Chelsea Football Club at the moment. 

    The last thing that the fans of the club have right now is an abundance of patience after three straight draws to start the Benitez era. 

    Torres did succeed under Benitez at Liverpool with the 2007-08 campaign being his most successful, with 33 goals in all competitions, 24 of which were scored in EPL play. 

    If Chelsea were still winning and Torres was continuing to fail to score goals, maybe this would be a possibility but at the moment there is no patience around the club for the results to remain at the status quo. 

Bring in More Competition to Challenge Torres' Starting Spot

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    At the moment, Torres has no direct competition other than Daniel Sturridge, with Torres being the preferred player in the starting lineup all season long. 

    With Torres receiving no true pressure to lose his spot in the starting 11, Chelsea need to bring in a proven scorer to try to light a spark under the Spaniard. 

    The most wanted man in the January transfer window is Falcao, and Chelsea are in the hunt to sign the Atletico Madrid forward. 

    Falcao will be a very expensive signing if he makes the move to Stamford Bridge in January, but it is a move that Chelsea are being forced to make with the poor form of Torres at the forward position. 

Let Torres Go in January

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    The easiest fix for Torres' poor form at Chelsea may be to send him packing in January if Falcao is brought into the club. 

    The latest club to come to the forefront in the potential chase for Torres' signature is Russian big spenders Anzhi.

    Torres has also been linked with a return to his former club, Atletico Madrid, in part of a swap deal for Falcao.

    A change of scenery may be the best answer at this point to solve the problems that Torres and Chelsea are facing at the moment. 


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