Fernando Torres has been good in Europe—dare I say great in recent Europa League matches—but Roman Abramovic didn't bring the Spaniard to Chelsea to get a few goals in the European football NIT. Torres needs to score in the EPL, and he hasn't done enough of that since putting on a blue kit at Stamford Bridge.
Torres has just seven goals this EPL season and, with five assists, has been a part of just 17.6 percent of Chelsea's Premier League goals this season. By comparison, Juan Mata has been involved in 32 percent of Chelsea's goals, while Eden Hazard has been a part of 26.5 percent.
Of his seven goals in the EPL, just one has come in the second half of any match this season and none have come in the calendar year of 2013.
Torres does have a match rating of 7.01, per WhoScored.com, good for 69th in the Premier League this season, but also tied for seventh on the Chelsea squad with Frank Lampard. (Note: does that say more about Lampard or Torres?)
The real issue for Torres may have been a general lack of opportunities on goal. Torres has just 55 shots in the EPL this season in more than 2,500 match minutes. By comparison, Robin van Persie has 122 shots, Luis Suarez has 169 shots and even the likes of Romelo Lukaku (74) and Dimitar Berbatov (71) have far more shots—and more goals—than Torres.
This is nothing new for Torres in his time at Chelsea. Since coming over from Liverpool he has just 14 goals in 78 matches—a .179 goal per game rate. In 102 EPL appearances for Liverpool, Torres boasted 65 goals, a .637 goal per game rate.
That's why Chelsea bought him. It clearly hasn't worked yet.