Whilst Torres has stated that he will be staying at Chelsea until at least 2016, there are many who question the sense behind that statement. Betting companies are mocking him and postgame analyses have centred around his dramatic decline.
His form has improved of late, but it is a sign of how broken his confidence is that he is using a protective face mask as a talisman of sorts.
With that and the potential return of Jose Mourinho in mind, it seems far from certain that he will be at Stamford Bridge for the start of the 2013-14 season. The weight of his name still makes him a useful bargaining chip for a potential cash-plus-player deal to end his suffering early.
Here are five players who could replace Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge.