Where did it all go wrong for Fernando Torres? Well, some might argue it all went wrong the moment he signed for Chelsea from Liverpool on January 31st last year. I’m sure the Chelsea faithful will justify try justify the £50 million their club spent on the striker, but he has not been producing the goods whatsoever. And now, for the first time in years, he has been dropped from the Spain squad.
“Torres isn’t doing well, and we’ve decided that in this case he won’t come,” Spanish national team coach Vicente Del Bosque said, who has instead chosen to include Valencia’s Roberto Soldado and the highly-rated Athletic Bilbao youngster Iker Muniain (one to watch – believe me!) in Wednesday’s match against Venezuela. Now, Torres is dropped from the number one national team on the planet (who Ireland face in Euro 2012 on June 14th). What can he do next to get back into La Furia Roja?
Well, I believe, that “El Niño” should look for a move away from Stamford Bridge. He was playing his best football at Athlético Madrid and – especially – at Liverpool. He’s a shadow of the striker in those days. Where could Torres go? Back to Athlético? He’d have to take a massive pay cut. Real Madrid? That’d be like Steven Gerrard joining Man United. Barcelona? Their strike force would prevent him much playing time.
Back to Spain would be ideal for Torres – but if the “big two” and his beloved Athlético isn’t much of an option, would he really sign for Valencia or Malaga? I’d be surprised. The likes of the newly-rich Paris Saint-Germain would be keen to land the 27-year old. As would any Serie A club. His time in England is up and he needs a new lease of life elsewhere. At his best, Torres can be the best striker in the world. He really can. I doubt he’ll still be a Chelsea player next season. Time will tell where El Niño can find his footballing mojo again.