He’s blown hot and cold this season but always looked dangerous, and Rafa Benitez is under no illusions that Fernando Torres is the finished article yet,
“It is clear that he must improve.
“He has given a lot to us but he must improve and he knows this. But the main thing for me is his mentality is really good, it is really positive and I know he will try to improve.
“He needs to train on specific things, change two or three details and also work on his strengths.
“We are not really surprised at the way Fernando has settled in because we were talking before we decided to sign him and we were talking about his pace, his physical strength and mentally.”
Pepe Reina chimed in too,
“I said when we signed Fernando that he can score 20-25 goals for us this season and I have seen nothing since to make me change my mind.”
The talent was never in doubt, but the questions asked about Torres when he arrived was just how clinical he would be. He never really became a consistent 20 goal a season man in Athletico mainly because he often lacked composure in front of goal after doing all the hard work to get in good positions. Thus far this season we’ve seen the good and bad, he consistently tears teams apart with his pace, strength and movement but has often been wasteful. Perfect example is his clinical contribution against Porto just a week after fluffing 35,379 good chances against Newcastle.
If Rafa et al can sort him out in training and, as he matures naturally, he does develop finishing to match the rest of his game there’s little doubt he can be not just a 20 but a 30 goal a season man.
Assuming he doesn’t get rotated out of it, that is…