And the reality is that, heading into the 2013 summer transfer window, the Blues need to part ways with El Nino before the situation gets any worse. Regardless of whether Torres is in fact a world-class striker or not doesn't matter—what matters is that the club end the saga as soon as possible.
Put it behind them and move forward into the future.
His well-documented £50 million move from Liverpool to Chelsea hasn't turned out as many would have wanted, and the results haven't been forthcoming.
Torres hasn't fired under Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo or even Rafa Benitez this time around, and it hasn't been for a lack of trying by the managers. It's simply been his performances that haven't been up to scratch and his goal-scoring record that hasn't been forthcoming.
It's hard to see that constant attention being good for the club. It's incredibly difficult to see it being helpful and beneficial to Torres, either.
See, every time that the 28-year-old misses an easy opportunity or fails to produce anything on the pitch, he's berated as being not worth it. Yet every time he does score and does produce results, the question then becomes as to why he hasn't produced earlier.
Much like Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll at Liverpool and even Olivier Giroud earlier in the year at Arsenal (although he is much better now), the question about when the goals are going to start coming will continue to hang around until there is no element of doubt about their success.
It will continue to hang around until there is no doubt remaining—something that simply cannot be said with Torres.
With El Nino, the doubts and the question marks will always remain.
The only way he will ever escape them is by leaving Chelsea—not forgetting it and putting it down as a nightmare, but learning from it and taking those skills to his new club. For the entire ordeal will truly have been wasted if Torres and Chelsea learn nothing from the saga.
Luis Suarez goals this season - 28. Fernando Torres goals in Chelsea career - 28. Luis Suarez was Â£27,200,000 cheaper.— Football Babble (@FootballBabble_) March 2, 2013
That would really be a disaster for the Blues.
Like we saw with Eden Hazard and Demba Ba, the allure of West London and competing for championships with a world-class squad beats out anything else that another club can offer, but particularly when it's backed with Abramovich's financial incentives.
Thus moving £30 million for Stevan Jovetic, £40 million for Edinson Cavani, £50 million for Hulk or even £60 million for Radamel Falcao is not an issue. Giving these guys the incentive to move to Stamford Bridge will never be an issue, and if they truly want, Chelsea will land a big-name player this summer to replace whomever they need to replace.
Premier League statistics this season - Fernando Torres - 7 goals (in 2046 minutes); Romelu Lukaku - 11 goals (in 1233 minutes) #CFC— ChelsTransferGossip (@ChelsTransfer) February 23, 2013
And with no problems in signing a replacement, Chelsea must recognize that parting ways with Fernando Torres now is the best thing for them.
That will come eventually. Why not make it now?
After all, if the price is right, Abramovich will pull the trigger.
He's shown it internally with his management, and he'll likely show it this summer too—either in bringing players in or selling players off. The owner simply knows what he wants and how to get it, and he'll prove that again in the upcoming transfer window.
For the Blues' sake, they need to hope Torres is in that plan too.
If only for the fact they could finally put the saga behind them, and focus back on the football aspects that seem to have left the London club some time ago.
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