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Thursday
Jul242014

Chelsea Transfers: Why Mourinho Should Avoid Cashing In On This Proven Attacker

Once regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, Fernando Torres used to terrorise defenders when he was at Liverpool. However, since his mega transfer to Chelsea, he has really struggled to get going. Be it injuries or change of styles and managers, the Spaniard has been a disappointing misfit in Chelsea in the Barclay’s Premier League. Now Torres seems to have attracted interest from his former club Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco, who need back-up strikers. El Nino seems well settled in Chelsea and is in no hurry to move, especially as manager Jose Mourinho feels he needs Torres as a back-up for his team.

Torres is an experienced professional

Last season, he was faced with the task of competing with Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba as Lukaku ran away from competition and asked for a loan deal. He wasn’t playing the regular attacking role for the club like he did in 2012-13 where he was unchallenged for the striker’s position, yet failing to be above average despite scoring 23 goals and being the club’s top scorer.

But despite that, Torres accepted the role he was offered in the club and fought for his position. Many could argue that this is because he is paid a huge salary, which he collects without contributing as much as he should do. The argument fails when we consider rumours from Monaco because they are a club who need superstars to add face value to their club and wouldn’t mind paying huge salaries. His experience of playing in the big games and his work ethic does make him a good squad member to have in the club.

Drogba as a back-up striker can be detrimental

The rumours have been strong of legendary Drogba joining the club as a substitute striker and a coach. The coaching role can be fine considering Chelsea need to groom young Lukaku so as to make him the beast that Drogba once was. But considering Chelsea’s strike force, which consists of Costa, Lukaku and Torres currently would have Drogba instead of Torres, hence meaning Chelsea would be left with three big target men with similar styles of play. Back-up strikers are generally those who are chosen when the first choice struggles in a match. When three similar strikers are there in the team, the scope for tactical changes becomes very low as Drogba and Lukaku who would offer back-up to Costa would have predictable movement and style.

Torres despite his struggles has learnt how to gel with the attacking midfielders and turning provider to his wingmen. He can bring some variety to Chelsea especially if we consider that he still looks good on the pitch when he plays with his national team, meaning he still has quality to play in a club like Chelsea.

Torres is only an EPL Flop

Fernando Torres’ alarming decline of form is only visible in his Premier League matches as he still manages to poach goals in European games. It is a pattern we all saw in his three seasons in Chelsea as he scored regularly in UCL games, like a top quality poacher unlike his disappointing Premier League form. Torres likes the space behind the opposition defence so that he can make penetrating runs into the box. Such type of space is available in European competitions as teams look to press higher and attack, unlike in EPL where the teams are defensive against Chelsea, especially man marking Torres who plays as a loan striker.

Torres was Chelsea’s talisman in their successful 2012-13 Europa League campaign as he was their top scorer and looked really sharp scoring 6 goals in 9 appearances, only 2 less than his entire league tally spanning over thirty appearances. He is the third highest goalscorer for Chelsea in European competitions till date, something which says volumes on his consistency in cup competitions. Keeping him as a backup especially for the UCL can be a good move as Chelsea would have a proven UCL performer and a player who loves playing the competition.

Final Verdict:

Chelsea should use Torres as a squad player. He has experience, has some quality still left which can be put to good use in the European games and shares good chemistry with new playmaker Cesc Fabregas. Elsewhere, Patrick Bamford is still very raw and can develop into a pure out and out striker who can offer variation to Chelsea’s targetmen. Chelsea do afford to keep a player for rotational role and his professionalism means that he is ready to play second or even third fiddle to Costa and still play his heart out for the Blues. 

Friday
Jun202014

Should Chelsea Prioritise A Trophy?

Last season saw Chelsea miss out on all available trophies, with Manchester City winning the Premier League and League Cup, Real Madrid winning the Champions League and Arsenal winning the FA Cup. Part of the reason for them missing out could have been because they were not fully focussed on a certain trophy as they have a reasonably large squad in comparison to others.

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Friday
Jun202014

Could Chelsea Create The World's Best Midfield Duo?

Perhaps the most important element of any team that has ever played a competitive football match, is the midfield. They run everything and literally dictate the game. They will help out the defence when needs be, but also contribute heavily in attack. I know there is no way of definitively which position is most crucial to a team, because it varies depending on the situation. However, without a good midfield your defence becomes weaker and there is no link between the attackers and the rest of the team which which will have repercussions in attack.

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Thursday
Jun192014

How Are The Chelsea Boys Doing In Brazil?

With every participating country now having played at least one game at the World Cup, it’s time to have a little look at some Chelsea players that have been playing. Have they all been living up to expectations and playing the way that they do for the Blues?

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Thursday
Jun192014

Chelsea Could (And Should) Snap Up German Duo!

With so many stars in action in Brazil, it's obvious that at least a few will show what they can really do. This is met with the eager eyes of domestic clubs around the world who are readying bids as we speak. A number of managers have actually gone to Brazil to commentate on the action.

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Wednesday
Jun182014

Has Chelsea Misfit Suffered From Harsh Treatment?

On transfer deadline day, in January 2011, Chelsea broke the bank and paid £50 million for the services of Fernando Torres from Liverpool. He had three and a half prolific years with Liverpool scoring 66 goals in 102 Premier League games and so the amount Chelsea paid looked justifiable. Whilst at Chelsea he has only scored 20 in 110 games and this has caused a lot of criticism from Chelsea fans, but is that fair?

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Wednesday
Jun182014

Should Chelsea Bid For Bundesliga Star?

While all the media focus surrounds the World Cup at the moment, there is some behind-the-scenes movement for a few clubs. They are using the lack of coverage of other stories to their advantage and getting deals done and cheaply. Especially those not at the World Cup as they obviously don't have that distraction which could keep them from signing a contract. If you wait too long and their stock rises, during the biggest football competition of all time, then other clubs will swoop in and claim him before your very eyes.

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Tuesday
Jun172014

5 Players That Chelsea Should Consider Signing! 

With the World Cup currently being played in Brazil, there are payers that will be putting themselves in the shop window if their performances stand out. It is also not just those at the World Cup that Chelsea should be looking at, there are many other players that were either injured or not selected for whatever reason that could be a great signing for the Blues, if pursued. Here are the players I feel that Chelsea should try desperately to sign;

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Tuesday
Jun172014

Chelsea Boss Not Content With Just One New Striker! Great, In My Opinion

Sometimes a manager will sign a player that he really wants to get and will devote his time and energy into making that player a success. This can have great benefits, or it can be quite risky. The Blues have all but confirmed the signing of Diego Costa and that's the player that Jose Mourinho will devote his time to. While Costa has had an incredible season, if he suffers an injury or a dip in form then Jose's project will go out the window.

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Monday
Jun162014

Chelsea Owner Wants Improvement In Scouting? Manager Policies Should Change First!

With most things in life, if there's a minor problem then it becomes useless. You forget your password to your phone, it becomes useless. You forget an ingredient in a meal, it won't taste as nice. For something to run smoothly, every part of it has be functioning properly.

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Friday
Jun132014

Chelsea To Be Beaten To Young German? The Blues Have To Go For Him, In My Opinion

When football fans discuss Europe and all the young talent it has on offer, they only tend to mention a couple of names as they are players that are already in the media spotlight. What these fans forget, is that their is life beyond what the media reports and there are some truly gifted players just waiting for a shot on the big stage. Schalke's prodigy is Julian Draxler is an example of someone in the media spotlight already, however, they have more names lurking in the shadows that are waiting for an opportunity to make an assault on European football.

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Thursday
Jun122014

Loan Star To Finally Replace Legend! Here's Why I Think It Should Happen

Promising Belgian custodian Thibaut Courtois is set for a return to Chelsea next season as it emerged, boss Jose Mourinho, is ready to sell current number one Petr Cech. Mourinho has admitted this week that he is ready to sell Cech who has been first choice at Stamford Bridge for the best part of 10 years. The Express have reported.

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Wednesday
Jun112014

Not Ideal, But It Could Work For Chelsea Misfit

Around this time in the football calendar (when it's not the World Cup) there are always conflicting reports everywhere discussing the future's of players, managers and the youth as well. Those whose contracts are expiring will be battling to find an agreement with their current clubs for a new contract or are searching for a new home, perhaps in a different country. The players that feel as those their time is up at their current club are often caught between seeing how things pan out and looking at offers from other clubs.

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Wednesday
Jun112014

Interview: Chris Kamara Talks Lampard, Strikers, And Choices Between The Sticks

With the best part of 15 years in the media and a successful playing career behind him, Chris Kamara has established himself as one of the most popular faces in football. We had a chat with the man himself about Frank Lampard, Romelu Lukaku and who he would choose between the sticks next season.

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Tuesday
Jun102014

The Arrival Of Two Spanish Stars A Huge Statement Of Intent

Some transfer gossip for you now. Chelsea are trying to tie-up a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas that would lead to Arsenal missing out on payment for their former midfielder. The Gunners are set to earn around about 50% of any profit which the Catalan club recover on the £28M that they sold Fabregas for, in a complicated deal three years ago. As the Independent have reported.

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