Fernando Torres: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2013

Once one of the world's most feared strikers, Fernando Torres no longer carries such an aura after a difficult two-and-a-bit seasons at Stamford Bridge.

It's not to say he no longer remains a threat, he does, but opposition fans and players are no longer as fearful of facing him as they once were when he terrorized defences in the colors of Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

Since his £50 million move to West London, Torres has had to battle his inner demons, not to mention Didier Drogba and a host of other challenges that have been laid before him.

He seems to have come out on the other side of that process, however, with 23 goals in 2012-13 pointing to a player who is edging back toward his best. But will it be at Chelsea where we see the "real" Torres next season?

Age: 29

Contract Situation: Torres signed a five-and-a-half-year deal when he joined the Blues in January 2011, so wanted or not, if the Spaniard so wishes, he will remain at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2016.

Career Stops: Atletico Madrid (2001-07), Liverpool (2007-11), Chelsea (2011-current)

Current Campaign: Premier League: 36 games, eight goals, six assists; FA Cup: five games, two goals; Capital One Cup: four games, two goals, one assist; Community Shield: one game, one goal; Club World Cup: two games, one goal; Champions League: six games, three goals; Europa League: nine games, six goals; Super Cup: one game

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Scouting Guide: In his Liverpool heyday, Torres was famed for getting in behind defences, using his blistering pace to leave most defenders in his wake. We haven't seen that side of his game as often as we would have liked at Chelsea, although his solo effort in the Europa League final against Benfica shows it is still very much there.

He has adapted his game at Chelsea, though. He is involved a lot more in the team's approach play and tends to do most his work in front of the opposition back four, as opposed to behind it.

With confidence flowing through his veins, Torres still has that eye for goal that made him so adored. Without it, as he has shown at times at Chelsea, he is very much an ordinary player.

What's Next? Well, not much according to the man himself. The Sun has reported that Chelsea were looking to offload him this summer, but Torres seems to have other ideas.

Goal.com quoted him as saying he hopes next season "will be better" than 2012-13, a clear indication of his intentions to remain a Chelsea player and improve on the progress he has made.

With his salary and transfer fee, who would be willing to take a risk on a player who has been so heavily criticized in the past two years?