We’ve been here before and the debate continues—after some effective displays in the latter stages of this season, is Fernando Torres really back to his best?
No, is the short answer. Yet, while many use his £50 million transfer fee as a stick to beat him with, it doesn’t mean this season hasn’t been a positive one.
That British record transfer fee alone has played its part in Torres’ roller-coaster ride at Chelsea, not to mention tactical changes and managerial appointments.
Up one minute, down the next—the Spaniard has endured enough highs and lows during his two-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge to last a lifetime.
When assessing a player’s contribution and form in the modern game, statistical data can play a big role in determining success or failure. For Torres, it may have made for poor reading in the past, but number crunching in 2012-13 outlines a somewhat different story.
A quick look at the goals chart says enough. His 20 goals this season is a record not to be frowned upon, and digging a little deeper, despite opinions to the contrary, his overall contribution isn’t far off what we saw in his time at Liverpool.
Dusting down our statistical thinking caps, Bleacher Report gets number crunching on Chelsea’s No. 9.