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Fernando Torres: The New Shevchenko?

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With their omnipresent oligarch stirred into transfer action by his Premier league cash cow’s continuing on-field malaise, Chelsea’s money men threw a last-ditch £75 million wodge at the club’s collective problem (i.e. the very real possibility of missing out on £100 million’s worth of Champions League football next season) by shelling out for Benfica’s David Luiz and, in case it passed you by, Fernando Torres – who signed a considerable £50 million, £175,000-a-week, five-and-a-smidge year deal at Stamford Bridge just as the window began to dwindle away.

On the very day that Chelsea also announced the news (with an understandably small amount of  accompanying fanfare) that they had suffered a £75 million overall loss in their previous double-winning season (2009/’10), owner Roman Abramovich approved two speculative deals worth the exact same amount – two deals which, to the outside world, seemed to verge just slightly on the ‘panicky’ side.

With wages, bonuses and the like all factored in, Chelsea’s two deadline deals will end up costing the club well over £100 million. Of course the coincidental timing of the two transactions only serves to exacerbate the outlay, but it sure as sh*t looks like an expensive and knee-jerk way to address the relatively long-standing need for the rejuvenation of the club’s aging (and ailing) stable of players.

That said, if Torres’ pricey acquisition in particular conspires to win Chelsea the elusive trinket that Abramovich has been lusting after so zealously for all these years (the Champions League), then maybe £100 million will soon seem like chicken feed.

Shevchenko1 Fernando Torres: The New Shevchenko?

Abramovich was desperate to sign Shevchenko for Chelsea

With a net spend of just £7.8 million or thereabouts, it’s a feasible argument that Liverpool, by adding both Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll to their midst, did rather well out of the bi-annual deadline day farrago that engulfed the footballing world yesterday – with the sole caveat being that they were forcibly co-erced into relinquishing their fervent hold on to the aforementioned Señor Torres.

How manager Carlo Ancelotti will re-configure his system to incorporate Torres remains to be seen (4-1-3-2…4-1-1-3-1…0-0-10?) though it’s worth nothing that there will be an ominous spectre hovering over his head when it comes to bedding in his new superstar – an ominous spectre that has perhaps come to characterise Abramovich’s oil-soaked tenure in West London, the £30 million signing of Andriy Shevchenko.

For all intents and purposes, that was the last time Chelsea paid big money for a big name.

Shevchenko arrived at Chelsea for a hugely inflated fee. A once-undeniably world-class striker, hampered by sporadic injuries and potentially on the wane as a footballing entity.

As a result of Abramovich’s myopic, ‘damn the expense’ pursuit, he left the club having made just 40 (mostly substitute) appearances in four-and-a-half seasons.

I know it’s just a bit of baseless conjecture at this point (crucify me for it if you so wish…), and I genuinely wish Nando all the best, but I’m just saying…

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Comments (12)

  1. pretty baseless
    you forgot to point out shevchenko came from the serie a..players from the serie a usually never adapt to the english premier league however good they are..eg veron…torres has proven he has more than enough to do well in the epl. Shevchenko was transfered when he was 29-30..torres is 26..torres is much more physical than shevchenko also..besides torres has been in the country for the past 5 years..he knows english( big big factor and is acclamatised to life in england)…so pretty much your statements are baseless.

  2. pretentious bitter scouse ramblings. you hope he becomes the next sheva (who had already passed 30 when he joined as), when in fact he will spend the prime of his career winning trohpies with chelsea instead of languishing in the europa league/mid table with liverpool. chuck the thesaurus away and get a grip.

    p.s. regardless of net spend, you just spent 35m on a player who couldnt even get top scorer in the championship last season. you value him higher than david villa. good luck with that.

  3. Sure hope the Chelsea fans are as forgiving as the Liverpool fans have been. He’s received nothing but loyal support from the club and the fans and for this we got a striker playing like garbage all season…I hope he is the new Shevchenko! And…how long has Chelsea been talking to him…they have quite the track record when it comes to underhanded deals!

  4. no….better brush up on your writing style before accusing others of “pretentious bitter scouse ramblings” – I see punctuation, capitalization, and spelling aren’t your forte either.

  5. ..toress will become a superstar in chelsea..

  6. *Cough Cough* Correct me if I’m wrong. 1. 7th isn’t mid table. 2. Liverpool have won more European cups than Chelsea. 3. You have a team of old pensioners. 4. You are less likely to win anything this season than Liverpol as we can win the Europa but Chelsea have no chance of winning the UCL against clubs like Barcelona when they lose to the likes of rubbishy Liverpool, Sunderland and Birmingham.

  7. I am sure Torres will score lots of goals for Chelsea. He will no doubt sulk a lot and be injured a lot too. If he actually wins any silverware though is a big doubt. Chelsea are not in a much better position than Liverpool or Spurs with no guarantee of finishing in the top 4 this season. OK he may play a few CL games this season but that’s about it. As Torres showed at Liverpool, one player doesn’t really make a big difference, it requires a hungry talented team to compete for the trophies on offer, i’m not sure Chelsea are that team anymore.

  8. NOBODY CAN BE “THE NEW SHEVCHENKO”- SHEVCHENKO IS THE BEST FOOTBALLER THAT EVER PLAYED IN EPL. ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD, E V E R. A LIVING LEGEND. GOAL MASHINE. Just look AT THE 22 STATE OF THE ART GOALS HE SCORED FOR CHELSEA…..PELE, MARADONA AND SHEVA. Maybe vone or two other, but that`s REAL LEGENDS, …the rest WILL ALWAYS STAY JUST “THE REST”….sheva 4 eva

  9. torres will dominate.

  10. torres will frustrate anelka and drogba.. because chelsea will play him even he’s not fully fit for paying about 75 million for him alone. LOL

  11. Speculations! speculations!! Easy guys.lets not be too judgmental.The real question is ”IS TORRES A PROVEN GOAL SCORER? My answer will be ”yes”.As he’s presence alone scares defenders, he’s composure in front of goal is wonderful,he’s finishing is DEF.,Not to talk of his skillful and quick feet. Believe it or not he will be counted amongst the 5 most prolific strikers in the world right now which makes him definitely a good buy for Chelsea and i’m sure he will do well.