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Torres is one of many high profile striking failures.
Daniel Sturridge is the latest in a long line of strikers bought by Chelsea who have never gone on to fully justify their purchase.
Demba Ba is being acquired because Fernando Torres has failed to replicate his Liverpool heyday, and beyond that you can add the names of Andriy Shevchenko, Claudio Pizarro, Mateja Kezman, Adrian Mutu, Hernan Crespo and Chris Sutton as high profile signings who all came and went without repaying their transfer fee.
Stamford Bridge is gathering a reputation as something of a strikers graveyard with each new recruit expected to succeed where others have tried and failed.
Ba's scoring record at West Ham and Newcastle suggests he can find the back of the net on a regular basis but none of those arenas carry the weight of scrutiny that playing for Chelsea does.
So often with strikers it's about getting off on the right footing and if Ba can hit the ground running then any lingering doubts will be quickly erased.
However, the names listed above all started sluggishly and could never row back from subdued beginnings to make a big enough impact.
With Chelsea fans having lost confidence in Torres to do the job, plenty will be demanded of Ba, both internally and externally, and that exposure is difficult to contend with.