Chelsea dilemma: Will Fernando Torres’ return to form stop them from buying a new striker?
August 25, 2012 Leave a comment
Roman Abramovich has been on a mission to revamp Chelsea’s squad this summer, with a host of new players arriving at Stamford Bridge throughout the transfer window. However, a new top-class striker has been on the Russian’s wishlist, and has yet to be delivered. In light of Fernando Torres’ good start to the campaign, will the Blues be happy with what they have or look to splurge further before the window closes?
The Spain international has had a torrid time since moving to west London in January 2011, but the old adage of ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’ applies to El Nino. With Didier Drogba leaving the club this summer Torres has had the chance to start all three Premier League fixtures to date, scoring twice and looking markedly close to his old self.
Apart from a number of incidents of playacting, the Spaniard put in a solid performance against Newcastle on Saturday that will remind Abramovich why he shelled out a huge transfer fee to bring Torres from Liverpool. The striker was lively, focused and look like a threat anytime that he had the ball in the opposition half. Add to this a well-taken goal and even the confidence to go for a rabona cross, and Torres will be flying high again.
Given that Roberto Di Matteo seems to be opting to play only one striker, supported by Juan Mata and the impressive Eden Hazard, do Chelsea need to buy another striker? Forgotten man Daniel Sturridge waits in the wings, as does new versatile signing Victor Moses.
However despite this it is likely that the Blues will look to make a last move in the window to secure another forward. Many a name has been linked, and there could well be some last-minute drama that sees a new face at Stamford Bridge. Blues fans will hope that if Hulk, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao or another big-name forward does move to west London that Torres’ early-season swagger does not diminish.