Stamford Bridge striker ready to get his Blues career back on track.
Chelsea’s misfiring striker Fernando Torres on Tuesday swatted away fears over his form since his £50 million ($82 million) switch from Liverpool, vowing to end his goal drought in the new season.
Torres, who scored once in 18 appearances in a miserable four months last season, remains a concern for Chelsea after failing to find the target in the club’s two Asia tour outings ahead of their Premier League start on August 14.
Critics have questioned whether the Spaniard, recruited for a British transfer record, has the ability to help the west London outfit win trophies under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
But speaking to reporters in Hong Kong, where Chelsea end their tour this week with two games in the Barclays Asia Trophy, Torres hit back at his doubters.
“I’m 27. Don’t worry I don’t forget to score goals… I will score,” said the World Cup-winning Spain international.
“It’s going to be a big season. My form is ok, it’s time to be fit and ready. We’re trying to get into the best form. We have got big expectations and I can see the winning mentality we have (at Chelsea).”
Torres, who became a Liverpool legend with his rampant goal-scoring, did not make the scoresheet in Chelsea’s laboured 1-0 win over Malaysia or their 4-0 victory in Thailand.
Well that’s a relief then. There must have been some fears that Fernando Torres has forgotten what the purpose of the area between the goalposts was for, but apparently he hasn’t. That said, it does seem likely that the former Liverpool man will get his scoring boots on. After all there is no doubting the Spaniard’s ability as a striker, he proved that with Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and when on duty with his national team.
It is likely that his poor form once signing for Chelsea mid-way through last season was connected to the highly contentious nature of his move to Stamford Bridge and now that he has had time to settle one would imagine the goals will start to flow. I for one would not bet against the 27 year old notching 20 goals next term.