AVB: Torres’ form is growing

It is a year ago to the day that Torres became the most

expensive player ever bought by a British club when he joined the

Blues in a dramatic deadline-day deal from Liverpool.

Few would have predicted just how badly he would have flopped at

Stamford Bridge during the 12 months that followed, the

£50million man having netted just five times in 43

appearances.

But despite being in the midst of his longest drought to date,

Torres has begun to show signs of rediscovering his form for the

first time since September’s Jekyll-and-Hyde display against

Swansea.

That match saw the 27-year-old score for the second successive

game before getting himself sent off with a senseless two-footed

lunge.

Tonight sees Torres take on the same opponents as Chelsea travel

to the Liberty Stadium for a match they need to win to maintain the

pressure on third-placed Tottenham.

Manager Villas-Boas said: “I think we are seeing a player

growing in terms of form.

“Eventually we expect goals from it, and we hope those goals

will come back.”

Asked if he would have expected Torres not to have scored again

in the league after netting against Swansea, Villas-Boas replied:

“That is the reality, but he has been helping the team.

“Fernando has equally one of the most assist totals for other

players in the club so he is producing for the others as well.

“I think he is confident, to be fair. For the kind of effort he

is doing, eventually it will be repaid.”