The stat that may signal the end for Fernando Torres at Chelsea

Fernando Torres

It's fair to say Fernando Torres has been unable to replicate his Liverpool form since his British-record £50million move to Chelsea in January 2011.

The Spaniard has often looked weighed down by sheer expectancy, and has largely endured a miserable time at Stamford Bridge, despite the club's success during his time there.

Torres made 28 appearances last term and scored just five goals, and his accumulative statistics for the Londoners bare no resemblance to the irresistible force of nature that plundered 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool from 2007 to the beginning of 2011.

In fact, Torres's dramatic decline at Chelsea has been so stark, that even Nicklas Bendtner has scored more goals in less games than the struggling Spaniard.

Former Arsenal striker, Bendtner - who is often derided for a seemingly misplaced sense of hubris that has reached comical proportions - has netted more than a player whose combined transfer fees have reached over £70million.

Torres has struck a paltry 20 goals in 110 appearances at Chelsea, while Bendtner, who has been farmed out on loan to the likes of Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus during his Gunners career, has scored 24 times in 104 games.

The 30-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba this summer, and he has been linked with switches to Inter Milan and former club Atletico Madrid.

The Los Rojiblancos fans sang Torres's name during the club's unveiling of Mario Mandzukic recently, and Jose Mourinho could be persuaded in offloading the player - should the La Liga champions return for their former captain.

Should he be sold this summer, then perhaps his miss against Olimpija Lubljana in last week's friendly could best encapsulate his Chelsea career.

Nathan Ake's cross looked set to be tapped home by Torres for a morale-boosting pre-season goal, but somehow the striker managed to chest the ball over the bar from around two yards out - it was a desperate miss.

There has been the odd high point for Torres of course, and his goal in the 2013 Europa League final win against Benfica will be fondly remembered by Blues fans.

However, they say form is temporary and class is permanent, and after a three-and-a-half year malaise, is it fair to ask if Torres's Liverpool days were but a purple patch in otherwise average career? 

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