Fernando Torres advised to move away from Chelsea, Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer is stunned to see how low Fernando Torres’ career has sunk since his £50 million move from Liverpool. Seeing Torres fall down to another torrid season, Shearer has advised him to make opt for an exit from Stamford Bridge. According to Shearer, if Torres does not quit Chelsea he will find an early end to his career.
Shearer was even more shocked to hear about Torres ducking out of the chance to end his massive goal drought by taking the penalty kick against Birmingham City. Lack of confidence is a problem that Torres has faced in the past, but missing out on the chance to score from the spot kick is a new low for the Spaniard.
“It’s baffling. I’m pretty sure the ability is still there but his confidence is obviously at an all-time low,” Shearer said.
The legendary England international, Shearer explained that you had to help yourself in difficult situations, and Torres is at the peak of all that could go wrong with a world class striker.
“I hope he gets back to what he was – but it might take a move away from Chelsea to do it,” Shearer stated. “It was always difficult for him going there because of the fee and because of whether he was the manager or the owner’s choice. Sometimes you need to help yourself in those situations and he’s not by not taking penalties. It baffles me. Why not?
“I was very, very surprised he didn’t take it. I was amazed,” he continued. “You’ve got a penalty, you’re 2-0 up and you haven’t scored for 20-odd games. When you’re on a barren run like that it’s a golden opportunity to score a goal. I was really surprised. No-one’s going to hand you the opportunity from a yard out, so I was shocked he didn’t take it.”
Torres’ fellow countryman and Chelsea winger, Juan Mata offered Torres the chance to score his first goal in five months after Chelsea recorded a 2-0 lead in their FA Cup encounter against Birmingham City.
Torres’ teammate, Branislav Ivanovic urged the Spaniard to take the spot kick but the 27-year-old was adamant about his decision. Later, Mata revealed more details about the saga.
“I asked him if he wanted to take it because he’d won it,” Mata said. “He said, ‘I’m not first on the list to shoot, so you take it,’ and that’s what happened. The boss Roberto Di Matteo put a paper up with who takes penalties and that’s what we did.”
In the end, Mata missed the penalty kick which leaves us wondering if Torres is actually cursed. Well, curse or no curse Shearer reckons Torres should start from a fresh page once again. Shearer explained that the amount Torres will have to overcome numerous obstacles at Chelsea in order to rejuvenate his career. Shearer pointed out that it would be for Torres to begin his career at another club.