Torres is a one-goal striker and a steal for Chelsea
Will Fernando Torres ever recapture that heady mix of fearlessness, ruthlessness and irresistible skill he showed in his first 24-goal season at Anfield?
Is £50 million enough to buy you a strike rate of a goal every 1.375 games?
You know what? It doesn’t matter.
Liverpool needed a 24-goals-a-season striker but Chelsea don’t. Chelsea have spent so much money for a player who can score one goal rather than 24, or to put it another way, the goal.
Chelsea would love to win a Premier League and FA Cup double every season, I’m sure, but domestic dominance is not the target for Roman Abramovich and hasn’t been for a while. It is no secret that the trophy Abramovich and everyone else at the club really want is the Champions League and in Torres they have acquired a player to take them over the line.
Forget the forlorn figure who limped his way around the World Cup in South Africa and recall the man whose pace and touch left Germany’s Philipp Lahm for dead and produced the winning goal for Spain in the final of Euro 2008.
If Torres scores one Chelsea goal all season he will be judged a success, as long as that goal is the one that edges his new club past Barcelona in the semi-finals, say, or clatters past Edwin van der Sar and in off the post in the final at Wembley.
One goal would be worth £50 million all on its own for a club like Chelsea. As long as it’s the goal.
PHOTO: Spain’s Fernando Torres (C) scores past Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann (L) as Philipp Lahm reacts during the Euro 2008 final at Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, June 29, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius