5 Reasons Why Fernando Torres Needs a Change of Scenery

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5 Reasons Why Fernando Torres Needs a Change of Scenery
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It's been a frustrating three-and-a-half years for Fernando Torres.

Since joining Chelsea in a British record £50 million transfer from Liverpool in January 2011, the scrutiny and pressure has played its part in the Spaniard enduring the worst period of his career.

The goals haven't been forthcoming and this summer he was knocked down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge by Diego Costa, who has already scored in each of his first two Premier League appearances.

Against Leicester City this weekend, Torres was omitted from Chelsea's matchday squad altogether, not appearing in the starting line-up or on the bench.

When asked about his future after Chelsea's 2-0 win over the Foxes, Jose Mourinho said he wanted to keep Torres at Chelsea.

"I want him to stay. He will play and score goals, and be very useful for us," the Chelsea manager explained.

For many, though, the time has come for Torres to move on.

Bleacher Reports looks at some of the reasons why.

*Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand.

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