It’s the same sight for Chelsea fans almost week-in week-out. Mata and co. manage to string together a wondrous fluid passing move. Guess who’s on the receiving end of the final pass? Fernando Torres. Care to take a wild stab in the dark at what happens next? Well, more often than not, he misses. Another chance squandered, another flashback for Roman Abramovich of £50 million swirling around a toilet bowl. A simple flush and it’s gone.
Chelsea are being held back by Fernando Torres’ inability to finish as clinically as he once used to. In his heyday, the Spaniard was one of the world’s most feared strikers. He boasted the full package. Pace, strength, silky skills and a finish that made even Robin Van Persie googly-eyed. Now it’s a very different scenario. Nando has failed to meet his £50 million valuation time and time again, leaving numerous chuckling defenders and ‘keepers alike in his wake. Spurned chances have become more a fixture of his game rather than actually putting the ball regularly into the back of the net. With a more decisive, confident man leading the line at Stamford Bridge, it would be made abundantly clear that Chelsea would once again become serious title contenders. They could also pose a substantially bigger threat to the two Manchester clubs, as all of Chelsea’s real quality lies in their midfield.
The Pensioners’ fans are bewildered as to why the club haven’t yet invested in a new striker. If Chelsea want to be European champions once again, they’ll have to spend their money, and spend it wisely. Juan Mata has carried the mantle for long periods this season, and it is becoming quite embarrassing for Chelsea, having to rely on their midfielders to score most of their goals, consistently bailing out their £50 million striker. And what better way to revitalise their title ambitions than to spend the same amount on Falcao as they did on Torres? ‘El Tigre’ has already notched up an astonishing 19 goals in 15 league appearances, including 5 in one La Liga game against Deportivo La Coruna in December. Atletico Madrid have no chance of holding onto their star man any later than next summer, as some of Europe’s top clubs look to swoop him from the Spanish side. Abramovich is rumoured to be ready to table a bid somewhere in the region of £50 million for the Colombian echelon. A price which many believe is a fair one, considering what was spent on ‘El Nino’.