This season is make or break for Fernando Torres, and while he is in decent form of late question marks still hang over him. Does he have enough about him to impress to the extent that his tenure at the Bridge will be extended?
Torres would be the first to agree that his time at Chelsea hasn’t been as fruitful as he would have liked at Liverpool, the Spaniard netted 65 goals in 102 games, while at Chelsea he has only scored 16 times in 89 outings.
However, Torres has impressed recently with his virtuoso performances against Schalke 04 and Manchester City, contributing a total of three goals and one assist.
Many have started to believe that a predicted Torres revival under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho is now becoming a reality. Chelsea fans have been impressed by his work-rate as the striker now drops deeper as he looks to receive the ball. His approach play has improved and he now looks like an adequate provider as well as a goal scorer. Torres has often looked timid up front but this season he has brought a certain physicality to his game, which is causing defenders all sorts of trouble.
Like all strikers Torres thrives on confidence and if he is to maintain his current goal scoring exploits he needs to be playing with confidence. If Torres can contribute 15 league goals this season then expect him to win over the Chelsea faithful and cement his place in the side for years to come.
However, can you really judge a player by two performances? We have seen Torres chip in with decent performances before, but playing well in two games does not equal the consistency required to be a top player.
Goals are the decisive factor for the future of Torres, if he scores enough he will stay but if he fails again then he will be out the door.