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Should Torres Be Dropped Permanently?

“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.”

Fact or Fiction: It is time for Chelsea to leave Fernando Torres on the bench permanently.

MH: Fact. I know that owner Roman Abramovich wants Torres to start because he is a big name and to prove the transfer fee was worth it. But over the last two seasons, Torres has not been in form. He has looked lost at times on the pitch and has lacked the confidence to be a top-notch striker. Chelsea have plenty of other options at forward – Nicolas Anelka, Daniel Sturridge, Saloman Kalou and the soon to be healthy Didier Drogba – that look to be more viable starters than Torres at the moment. I think it would be a wise move by Andre Villas-Boas to make Torres work hard to prove to the team that he is ready to move back into the first team. Maybe then “El Nino” will show he is worth the fifty million.

ER: Fiction. Undoubtedly Fernando Torres has been embroiled in one of the worst slumps of his career. As he appeared to emerge from the abyss at Liverpool (scoring 8 goals between October and January for the Reds), Roman Abramovich came a knockin’ and draped a £50 million albatross around his neck. Fast forward to now: Torres has scored one goal since his move to London, and at times he has looked horrible. But lately his play has improved; he set up both goals in Tuesday’s victory over Bayer Leverkusen, and was unfortunate not to have one himself. As long as Torres continues to show solid effort on the pitch and in training, I’d let him work this out just as Manchester United did with Wayne Rooney – by playing. My belief is that Villas-Boas brought in Juan Mata and Raul Meireles specifically to supplement Torres, and showing the Spaniard that you have confidence in his abilities will settle his psyche. You get the feeling that if they can will the floodgates open with Torres (especially if it were to happen against the reigning champions), the talk might turn to a three-team race for the title.

What do you think, is it fact or fiction that Chelsea should leave Fernando Torres on the bench?

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  1. Jason

    September 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    The qusetion posed cannot be answered as either fact or fiction. It can only be answered as Yes or No.

    Must have been written by an American and not an Englishman 🙂 .

  2. David

    September 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    This would be the wrong time to drop Torres as he showed glimses of his former self when he went past his defender and set up Mata for Chelsea’s goal in midweek. The way he went past his defender was the “old” Torres.

    That said, if Chelsea intend to play with two out-and-out strikers then Torres doesn’t fit in. He is much better as a lone striker and can use his pace to beat defenders.

  3. Afolashade festus

    September 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Honestly,I will not support the motion to drop torress either permanently or temporary.on a good day,we all know what torres is up to and can do.imagine he provided the two goals against leverkussen.I believe he will spring up a surprise this season.

  4. RingOfFire

    September 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Only one question for fact or fiction? Any other major website would do anywhere from 5 to 10 of these. Step up your game boys. That took probably 15 minutes to write.

    And the answer is fact. Everyone thinks Torres will break out of this slump and he has done NOTHING to prove that he will. Just because he was great, when Stevie G and Xabi fed him perfect passes, does not mean he will be great again. He has done nothing to prove that he is a must start and as shown from the games he has played he is marked far too easily now. If it wasn’t for his crying and bitching you wouldn’t even notice him on the pitch, as if he is performing a Chris Angel magic trick by disappearing but then only reappering to cry to the ref.

    Everyone that backs him, because they saw a once great Torres, will always point to that one game. ‘Well last game he had two assists!!!’ Awesome, I’d rather have my lead striker score those 2 goals. ‘Well he scored in a friendly, he’s back!’ If he isn’t good enough for Spain he shouldn’t be good enough for Chelski when they have Drogba, Anelka, Kalou and Sturridge. If you continue to point to one game as a sign that he is “back,” then you will continue to be disappointed when he disappears for 80 minutes in the next game before getting pulled to perform his magic on the bench.

    • The Gaffer

      September 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      RingOfFire, the concept is one question. We’re not trying to be like other sites.

      The Gaffer

  5. Lyle

    September 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    He needs to play.

  6. brn442

    September 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    What do you mean by “permanently?”

  7. Fernando

    September 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

    He’s going to play. FACT.
    Remember when everyone thought Rooney was done. A lot of people thought he should’ve been demoted.

  8. Fabio

    September 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Fiction. Leaving him out will not make things better for him and he won’t regain any confidence then again he could let down Chelsea if he does play.

  9. Chris

    September 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

    torres is certainly nowhere near to his former top form,on top form for me is the best striker(lightning pace,briliant technique,clinical finishing,dribling,heading etc),but he is improving(if you watch chelsea’s games).

    torres played well all the time except when he came back after the injuries.what a stupid c**t is frank leboeuf.he thinks torres played well only 6 months.i think he has serious problem since he was a footballer and he doesn’t seem to know anything about this sport.

  10. John Smith

    September 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Fact. He was good two years ago and now he’s pants. Dropping him might actually benefit him; he gets time to focus, then he can be eased back in, starting with closing out games, and maybe back to his old self eventually.

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