The moment you hear the name Fernando Torres the first thing that comes to your mind is speed and agility and perhaps the EURO 2008 final goal that led Spain to victory.Now Torres is on move again and this time he is headed for the Bridge.The Pointless Blog bring to you a timeline, exploits of Torres and what is there in this move for all parties involved:-

Where it all began…

Growing up as a fan of Atletico Madrid it was no surprise when he joined Atletico youth team at the age of 11. At the are of 15 he showed the world his talent by winning the prestigious player of the European under 15 tournament and in the process also guided Atletico to victory. He then achieved the same feat with the under 19 team.He made his first team debut at the age of 19 when Atletico was in Segunda division and was also named as the captain. Though not too impressive in 2nd division,scoring 7 goals he did help his team in getting back to top flight. In La liga he was phenomenal scoring up to 19 goals in a season which was 3rd best in that season and also lead to Atletico participating in Euro Championships in 2004. Torres scored 75 goals in 174 League appearances. In 2007 Torres bid adieu to his dream club and left for Liverpool for a transfer sum of 25 million pounds….

Being A Red

Torres scored his first ever league goal for Liverpool against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw. In his first season at Ainfield, he scored 33 goals which was highest in a season for any player at Liverpool. He was also nominated for PFA Player of the Year, Young PLayer of the Year and also in the Team of the Year. In his successive seasons he ended up being nominated for the Fifa World Player of the Year where he eventually came 3rd. In all he scored 81 goals in 142 appearance for Liverpool 4 seasons for the KOP. Internationally also Torres has quite a reputation of scoring goals when it matters the most i.e. in finals whether its in 2001 U-16 Uefa Euro Championship or 2002 U-19 Euro Championship where in he was the only goalscorer in final. And on top of it who could forget his famous goal against Germany in the finals of 2008 Euro Championships:). Torres now moved to Chelsea for a record transfer fee of 50 million pounds….

Future is Blue

Lets see this from the Chelsea point of view …

Chelsea were perhaps in the worst form this season as compared to their last 4-5 campaigns. neither Drogba nor Anelka were that effective in front of the goal as they were previously. Their run of poor form sees them at 4th place currently 10 points behind league leaders Manchester. Thanks to their last two match winning performances otherwise at one point in the season they had  even dropped to 7th spot after failing to win in 6 consecutive matches. Now I hope that all this is gonna change with the new strike partnership of Torres and the maniacal Drogba!!. With Anelka already dropping a hint to move to New York Bulls in this summer it is clear that the future of the Blue is in Torres and Drogba attack…

Where are Liverpool headed???

Liverpool had a disastrous start to the season and they found themselves in the relegation zone in the beginning with the fans wanting Hickz and Gillet out. Well they finally left the club in Oct 2010 and in came John Henry and along with him a change of administration and a bit of luck as Liverpool now find themselves in 7th place, 19 points behind the leaders. Although now winning the league is an impossible task, they can well be looking to qualify for champions league spot which is still 9 points away 😦 The new owner said he’ll be tackling all the problems off-field, on-field head on. Wait did that mean selling Torres?? OMFG did you just sell one of the most established striker in the world??? Well you better have a plan then…and the plan turned out to be buying Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll with that 50 million. Well lets talk about Carroll, 35 million pounds for a striker who has had half a decent season doesn’t sound that reasonable. does he now?? It’s ok that he has scored 11 goals so far in the league but the guy has what 40-45 games of experience in top flight and has hardly a couple of international caps under his belt. Maybe he is an investment for the future definitely not to be considered as a replacement for Torres..

Next comes Liverpool’s second costliest buy i.e. Luis Alberto Suarez. The Uruguayan international who comes from Ajax the club of legendary Johan Cruyff,Bergkamp and Marco Van Basten was bought for a price of nearly 23 million. But the question lies Can he replace Torres?? Well he just might be the guy having more than 100 goals under his belt for Ajax, but can he adjust to the fast paced Premier league game?? Even if he is not the right replacement I think together  he and Carroll can fill the void left by Torres and who knows they might be even better.

Life Always comes back to a full Circle

Luis Suarez already made his debut against Stoke and also scored a goal. What’s interesting is Yossi Benayoun playing against his old side Liverpool, Joe Cole returning to the Bridge and to add to this super Sunday Torres expected to make his Chelsea debut against who else Liverpool!!!!

So this sunday is probably the biggest Sunday for these men!!!Do not miss the action!!