A honest verdict has been passed on Chelsea striker, Fernand Torres by fellow Spaniard and Chelsea team-mate, Juan Mata – Torres is struggling to fill the boots of departed striker, Didier Drogba.
“Drogba’s departure was like an electric shock for us. He was a warrior.
“We’ve had to learn to cope without him because for many long years he was Chelsea’s lightning conductor.
“With Drogba we were conditioned to play in a certain way.
“You gave him the ball and you knew that he would at least force the opponent into a foul. In a way we had a tendency to rely on him too much but it was a natural mechanism.
“All the great players like getting the ball, Didier even more so.
“With Fernando it’s different. His runs aren’t the same. He’s not a funnel for our play like Drogba could be.He doesn’t like the holding-it-up role. He prefers finding space and facing the goal.”
Mata, who was speaking to French magazine – So Foot, added: “When someone pays that much for you and you become the most expensive player in the Premier League, you are eager to please. Too eager, maybe.
“For me, he is still one of the best strikers in the world.”
Drogba, who is Chelsea’s 4th highest goal scorer of all time with 157 goals in 342 appearances, made a summer move to Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua leaving £50million Torres as the club’s sole striker.