Zee Media Bureau/Rajdeep Saha
New Delhi: Fernando Torres became the latest Chelsea striker to leave Stamford Bridge after a tough four-year spell at the London Club. The Spaniard's move to AC Milan, comes as a big boost for the forward as it will give him a chance to resurrect his footballing career. Once considered as one of the best complete striker in the world, Torres had become a shadow of his genius-self at Chelsea. His troubled stay with the Blues, marked one of the biggest transfer flops in recent times.
Torres needed a move to a big club where he could play as the star-man once again. This desire now has become true after AC Milan came calling. Milan who have fallen behind the ranks of Europe's elite, sold strike sensation Mario Balotelli to Liverpool for a paltry £16 million this summer. Facing a monetary crisis, big names with big money moves were out of the question for the Italian giants. Therefore a move for Torres made sense for both Milan and the troubled Chelsea forward.
30-year old Torres, now faces the prospect of leading Milan back to contention in the Champions League and he will hope to deliver for the San Siro outfit. He has to shine with this being his last shot at a big European club. The two-year loan move, has given Chelsea a breathing space too. For Jose Mourinho,Torres was a £50 million luxury he couldn't afford to keep anymore. Mourinho knows he has a task at hand of signing a new player in two days, but it is a risk worth having.
Torres managed to score 45 goals in 172 appearences for Chelsea. For a £50 million signing, the statistic is far too below than expected. He performed much better in Atletico Madrid and Liverpool which made Chelsea go for him in the first place in 2010.
Torres became the fourth Chelsea forward to depart this season. Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba and Samuel Etoó were all offloaded by Mourinho. Lukaku wanted to be Chelsea's main man after having three wonderful seasons as a loanee with West Brom and Everton respectively. But Mourinho wanted him to wait. Everton rushed in for his signature next. Demba Ba, who was inspirational for Chelsea in the limited chances he got was surplus to Mourinho's plans. Etoó meanwhile, left as a free transfer to Everton, after just a year with the Blues. All three of them collectively performed well in their roles in which Torres failed. So if they left, Torres had to leave.
It was just the right time that Mourinho waited for. With Milan the time came and Torres was allowed to leave. With just the likes of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in the squad, Chelsea need another striker who will provide them plenty upfront. Roma's Mattia Destro and QPR's Loic Remy are in Mourinho's wish list, with one of them likely to move in the next two days.
Torres will hope Milan is lucky for him unlike London, and the added responsibility there might just help him come out from his shadow and he could well be a free man, out from jail and score goals at will, once again!