EPL Deadline Move: Fernando Torres to Chelsea and How It Affects The Title Race
In the biggest move of the EPL transfer deadline, Fernando Torres moved to Chelsea for around 50 million pounds. Liverpool used that money to help pay for their signings of Ajax Striker Luis Suarez (Around 26.5 million) and Newcastle Striker Andy Carroll (35 Million).
Torres has not been on form lately with only 9 goals and 2 assists in 23 Premiership games this year. To make matters worse, Liverpool are only 7th in the table. Torres also had a goalless Fifa World Cup campaign and his form is not on par with how he has played throughout his career.
Torres moved to Liverpool from Atheltico Madrid for 22.3 Million pounds in 2007. Before playing for Liverpool, he scored 75 La Liga goals and he was Player of the Tournament in Spains U-16 and U-19 European Championship Winning teams. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Germany in the 2008 European Final and was a member of Spains World Cup winning team two years later.
In his first year at Anfield (2007-08 season), he had 24 goals in 33 EPL games and 6 goals in 11 Champions league game. In the 2008-09 season, he had 14 goals in 24 EPL games and last year he had 18 goals in 22 EPL games. Because of his unhappiness with the club, he filed a transfer request with the club last week.
Chelsea were constantly in the bidding for the World-Class striker but not many people believed Liverpool would sell one of their best players to their rivals. But the club has shown that they are trying to go in a new direction and Torres form was unlikely to imrpove soon at Anfield as he seemed unpleased and unmotivated at the Club lately. Liverpool accepted Chelseas 50Million pound bid near the deadline today.
It is not yet known how Chelsea Boss Carlo Ancelotti plans to use Torres in the squad. It is widely rumored that he will either play a 4-3-3 with Anelka, Drogba and Torres up top or play Drogba and Torres up top in a 4-4-2. Either way, if Torres can regain his old form, Chelsea could make a late run at the EPL title.
All these deadline moves have slightly shaked up the Premiership picture and heres a look at the current standings for the top 5 teams in the EPL.
Note: Liverpool are 7th in the league with 31 Points.
With these standings and the deadline deals in mind, lets take a look at who the Top 5 contenders are right now.
They did not make many moves at the deadline at that was a good decision. Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Van Der Sar and Rafael all return for tonights match against Aston Villa and United are still the only team that hasn't lost a game this year. Man U are the clear cut favorites to win the EPL.
The Gunners are on top form but Samir Nasri's injury is definitely going to hurt them. After playing Everton this week, there schedule gets easy with matches against Stoke, Sunderland, Birmingham, Wolves and Newcastle. They can still make a late push for the Title.
It is unlikely Chelsea can gain back the 10 point deficit they've succumbed to Manchester United but if Torres can hit the world class form he's capable of it might be possible. New Brazilian defender Luiz from Benfica may be ready to contribute to the team straight away after joining at the deadline.
4. Man. City
I don't see Man City winning it all this year but crazier things have happened. New 27Million Pound signing Dzeko has already scored in his first match and it could be a sign of things to come.
Gallas will not be playing this week for the Spurs against Blackburn. After that they have matches against Bolton, Sunderland and Blackpool before the schedule gets tought. Tottenham did not do too much at the deadline and a push for the Title seems pretty much impossible.
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