It would be fair to say that despite his huge price tag, Fernando Torres hasn’t always been the dangerous striker that he is currently ranked as. The player experienced an extremely torrid period following his £50m switch from Liverpool last term and he has now revealed that there was once a time where he simply didn’t care if the Blues won or lost a game.
The 28-year-old was the subject of ridicule across the Premier League after he went an incredible 903 minutes without a goal following his big money switch. Even after he managed to break that duck, it was clear that he still wasn’t anything like as potent as the striker that had become such a hit at Anfield over the past few years.
However, there’s no doubt that he has improved phenomenally this term and many point to the fact that Didier Drogba is no longer with the Blues. While there is no doubt that Drogba was a hugely influential player for the club and he is still badly missed, his presence did seem to take away the shine from Torres and he seems to now be revelling in his main role at Stamford Bridge.
Following on from the above, the Spanish international has revealed just how low he felt through his barren period after joining Chelsea. He told the media, “Halfway through last season, I distanced myself from the values I had grown up with. I had team-mates who didn’t care if the team won or lost because they were not playing. I never wanted to be like that – [But] one day I discovered that I was like them, that it didn’t matter if we won or lost if I was not playing. I wasn’t part of the group. I discovered that I was not happy because I had stopped being what I had always wanted to be. In the dressing room, you can never lose that group concept.”