The only time that Fernando Torres found the back of the net for Chelsea last season was on a rain-drenched Stamford Bridge pitch against a West Ham team destined for relegation from the Premier League.
It is clear that Chelsea have not yet enjoyed a return on investment since splashing out £50 million on the player last January, with the former Liverpool striker hoping for a change of fortunes under Andre Villas-Boas for the coming campaign.
Even so, the new Blues manager is unconcerned by the perceived lack of form and the 36-year-old claims his main focus is getting the team to perform as a unit.
“I wouldn’t want to turn it into an obsession like people are trying to,” Villas-Boas said. “My obsession is to win trophies with this team and take them to success.
“Rather than individually, I’d prefer to address it as a ‘forward sector’ and focus on people gaining confidence to find the back of the net. That comes with training, patience and tolerance, which it looks like he isn’t getting at this moment. But we, at Chelsea, are ready to give our forwards this kind of patience”.
Fernando Torres can be backed at odds of 9/1 with Betfred bookmakers (£50 free bets) to be Premier League Top Goalscorer 2011/12.