It cost a club-record £50 million to sign the Spaniard over to Stamford Bridge, but it didn’t quite work out as expected.
And Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes he knows why that is.
Torres only scored 20 league goals in 110 league appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, failing to get double figures in any of his five seasons with the club.
He also won the Champions League and netted a vital goal away at Barcelona en route to that success, he is still fondly remembered at the Bridge.
Speaking in his column for the Evening Standard, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard remembered how difficult Torres found it after his big money move.
“I remember when Chelsea signed Torres – it was a huge statement by the club at the time,” Lampard wrote.
“But there was a lot of talk around Fernando when he was struggling to score. The fans stuck behind him but you could see how he was taking the criticism from elsewhere personally. He was quietly spoken and at times when he was sitting in the dressing room, it looked like there was a huge weight on his shoulders.
“There is no answer to it other than scoring goals and it wasn’t coming easy for him. That is very tough to take, I don’t care what personality you have, so the fact Alvaro [Morata] has hit the ground running takes that concern out of the equation.”
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