Fernando Torres has not been having a good time of it lately and his abject performance against Steaua Bucharest in Romania on Thursday night was another reminder of how much his talents have diminished in recent years.
It was revealed by The Daily Mail earlier in the week that Dulwich Hamlet striker Daniel Carr was to complete a trial period at Liverpool and now the same paper believes Chelsea are ready to hijack the deal with an approach for the 18-year-old striker.
While of course any suggestion that he would instantly replace Torres may be very misguided the striker is doing one thing that Torres can’t seem to do at the moment - scoring goals.
With 23 goals in 23 games he is helping the London side challenge for the title in the Isthmian League Division One South.
Originally a winger on the books at Reading he has been transformed into a front-man by current boss Gavin Rose with devastating effect at the eighth level of the English football pyramid.
Dulwich have a good record when it comes to producing talent with the likes of Alan Pardew, Marlon King and Simeon Jackson all coming through their academy while the likes of Ian Wright, Peter Crouch and George Elokobi have also played for the team.
It is not the first time a youngster from the club has caused a scuffle between top Premier League teams. Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were all interested in defender Michael Chalmers last season before he decided joining Crystal Palace would be the best move in regards to his career.
Dulwich Hamlet take great pride in their tradition of players making it to the big time and at the end of season will not stand in his way if the right deal for both club and player comes to light.
For Fernando Torres he has to watch as his current and former club scrap it out to bring in a non-league striker more in demand then himself.
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