We are now all too familiar with the weekly ‘didn’t he do well’ excuses for Fernando Torres as the opinion amongst the supporters of the club on match days and followers of various web-sites seems to be pretty evenly divided.
I am not a fan of the player but I am pleased that there is rousing support amongst the 40,000 home crowd and several thousand travelling supporters each week, in the hope that he will continue to plug away and not lose heart. Likewise, AVB does his part in front of the cameras, suggesting that he doesn’t care who scores the goals so long as Chelsea are winning. You can be sure behind closed doors he isn’t so supportive.
Likewise, when it comes to assessing the merits on these web-sites, I think we should be more frank and cut through the lame old excuses that appear to suggest that he is a player worth persevering with.
We have had ‘Flores’ on our books for 12 months now:
- Last season’s record: 11 starts plus 7 as sub (18 games): 1 goal
- This season’s record: 18 starts plus 8 as a sub (26 games): 4 goals
It would be cruel to make a point that none of his 4 goals actually changed a result for us, afterall we have simply been grateful and relieved that he found the back of the net.
The early excuses were two-fold: the team don’t create enough chances for him and he isn’t playing regularly enough. Hopefully the month of January can finally put these two theories to rest.
Attention however seems to have switched to the matter of his role creating chances for others. This has been very evident, particularly in the recent game against Sunderland but we invested in the player as a long term replacement for Didier Drogba, as a centre forward and as someone who would provide us with 20+ goals a season.
The idea that he is now to be accepted as a back-up to others doesn’t get away from the point that we need a full time replacement for Dider Drogba, a centre forward and someone who can provide us with 20+ goals a season.
Let’s also remember that Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka were last season’s support for our centre forward and they scored 30 goals between them and, when they didn’t play, a little chap called Kalou came on and was able to find the net 13 times.
Beyond that, Frank Lampard has been providing support from midfield for the past 10 years averaging nearly 20 goals a season.
The good news is that Didier Drogba will be back with us for the Napoli games and hopefully beyond that, even looking into next season. Even better news would be that, for the start of that season, we will have a new signing keeping Didier out of the side, a centre forward, a player capable of providing us with 20+ goals a season.