Could Torres to Newcastle be a match made in heaven or would it just be another Michael Owen situation for Toon fans to endure? There were stories a few weeks back that suggested Torres could be on his way to Tyneside. Rafa Benitez is lacking firepower as his organised Newcastle side often struggle to break teams down. Could Torres be the missing attacking link that his side need?
A romantic return turned sour
After a fairly disastrous spell at Chelsea, most of the football world was delighted when Fernando Torres returned to the club where he started his career. Torres had captained Athletico at the age of 21 before Rafa Benitex brought him to Anfield with the promise that the trophies that eluded him in Spain could be achieved in England. Torres instantly became a fan favourite with the Liverpool faithful and they were distraught when their star striker moved to Stamford Bridge. Their consolation prize was that a certain Luis Suarez was purchased with the Torres cash (and Andy Carroll, but let’s move on).
Scoring a semi-final Champions League winning goal aside (we understand that it’s a fairly big ‘aside’ – it did give Gary Neville a delightful orgasm), his time spent with Chelsea was underwhelming. When he returned to Athletico in 2015, hopes were high. While there has been bright moments during his return, no trophies have been won, which will hurt the Spanish forward more than anything. His playing time in La Liga this season is a total of 196 minutes without a goal being registered. It’s time for the next chapter.
Cut out for the Premier League?
Torres will turn 34 in March. A short-term deal until the end of the season would suit both parties. A horrible injury at Liverpool put an end to his electric pace and he’s been forced to adapt his game, much in the same way as Michael Owen. Rafa Benitez is currently playing Joselu and/or Dwight Gayle in his forward positions. The latter only opened their Premier League account this weekend. Would Torres be worse? It’s unlikely, so if the sums add up, Torres to Newcastle should be a sensational January transfer.