I still cannot understand how Fernando Torres—who had a Stéphane Guivarc'h-esque impact during Spain’s 2010 FIFA World Cup triumph, who was having his worse season at Liverpool, who didn’t even look half the player he used to be—still garnered a ridiculously overpriced and inflated £50 million transfer fee.
In his first season at Chelsea, Torres showed no heart, no determination, and for 13 games, no goals.
Don’t you wonder how a player who was having an average first half of the season ended up having a historically bad second half of the season?
This is why I facepalm when people say former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti wanted Torres at Stamford Bridge. Yes, maybe a fully fit scoring Torres, but not an unfit and deteriorating Torres.
What Ancelotti did in Chelsea’s two most important games of the season demonstrated how much faith he had in Torres.
Having thrown Torres to the wolves in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester United, he then substituted him at half time (rightfully so) in the second leg.
Clearly Torres was Ancelotti’s favourite footballer.
Keep in mind, Gianfranco Zola told Gary Jacob at The Times that playing under Ancelotti at Parma was the lowest point of his career.
Ancelotti froze Torres out of the team, hence why Torres didn’t perform to the best of the deteriorating ability he has left.
New Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas must sell Torres, but it won’t happen, so it will be interesting if Villas-Boas can instill confidence in Torres, which hopefully for Chelsea's sake, will translate to a scoring rate of a £50 million valued player.
What would be nice is 0.75 goals per game next season.