Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has stated that perhaps signing Fernando Torres this summer might be a possibility. However, if that happens, it will be a massive step backwards for Atletico as the Chelsea striker clearly seems beyond repair.
Falcao is arguably the best striker in the world right now and will draw interest from top clubs this summer that may as well force Atletico to sell their prize asset. Then to replace Falcao with a 29 years old that too past his best makes no sense.
Over the years Atletico Madrid have had great strikers at their disposal. Torres was their prolific captain before he left to join Liverpool in 2007, then there was Forlan and Aguero and now Radamel Falcao. All of these big names have fantastic goal scoring records for the club but Torres is no longer a big name, or perhaps only when it comes to selling shirts.
Torres knows all about Atletico’s history and the striker scored 91 goals for the club in 243 appearances and carried his brilliant goal scoring form to Liverpool where he was loved by the Anfield faithful. Since his departure from the Merseyside, Torres has only scored 28 goals in 116 appearances, surely not a stat worthy of a 50 million striker. Simeone and El nino have been team mates at Atletico from 2003 and 2005 and the manager claims:
“Fernando knows about the club’s history, what it means to play here and I don’t need to speak about his ability.
“We were team-mates. I know how important he can be.”
Perhaps Simeone thinks he can rejuvenate Torres but that is only easier said than done. Even the manager under whom Torres flourished the most, Rafael Benitez, is unable to help the Spaniard much at Chelsea and at times it looks like that El Nino has given up on reviving himself for the Blues.
Torres’s “A” game is long gone, the blistering pace that used to beat the defenders with ease, the quality first touch and above all the killer instinct to bang goals have all been lost somewhere at Liverpool perhaps. Without those abilities, Torres is feared by none and it looks highly unlikely that he will recover.
Atletico have built a quality team as the years have gone by and finally they look destined to feature in the next year’s Champions League. If Falcao leaves in the next transfer window then they surely need a top quality striker to replace him. Yes they will get a healthy sum from the sale of one of the best around but gambling on one of the worst to replace him will be without doubt a massive mistake.
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