Fernando Torres: Can’t Score, Won’t Shoot

4 goals in 9 Premier League starts and you may think the title and the content of this article is overly critical of Chelsea’s £50 million striker.

That’s the only time I’ll mention his price tag in this article, but Fernando Torres has looked really poor for Chelsea this season, especially recently, in their last 2 televised Premier League games; a 4-2 victory at Tottenham and a 3-2 home loss to Manchester United.

Chelsea have scored 6 goals in their last 2 games and their sole striker who has played in 158 didn’t score 1 of them. On top of that, Fernando Torres has only had 2 shots in those two games combined of which just 1 of them was on target.

With such a creative midfield to supply him; Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar who have been starting recently, it is wonder to some people how Torres has not been finding the net regularly. The simple reason is, the former Liverpool player does not get himself into the positions to score goals.

Whether it’s for a lack of confidence, lack of understanding with him team mates or even the bosses orders, for me, Fernando Torres is not doing what a striker should be doing. And that’s scoring goals.

Only Manchester United (24) have scored more than the 21 goals Chelsea have heading into the 10th game of the season. That means Torres has less than a quarter of those.

Fernando Torres is averaging just 2 shots a game (17 shots in 9 matches), having played 90 minutes in all those games bar the 81 minutes against Queens Park Rangers and his sending off last weekend. In fact, there are 40 players in the Premier League that average more shots per game than the Spaniard so far this season.

Of those 18 shoulds, 8 have been on target, 6 off and 4 blocked.  4 were goals.  Incredibly, he has only had more than 1 shot in 4 of those 9 games; against Reading, Stoke Citym Arsenal and Norwich City.  And only against Norwich did he get more than 1 of those on target

On that list are regular starters for more than half of the league, including both Wayne Rooney & Robin van Persie, Demba Ba & Papiss Cisse, Aruna Kone & Franco Di Santo. There are 40 players on the list in total.

I am starting to wonder if Roberto Di Matteo will keep playing Fernando Torres or whether he feels it’s time to give Daniel Sturridge the nod. My gut says that may happen as early as this weekend’s game at Swansea City. And should Torres start that I would expect him to score.