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Torres not worthy - Leboeuf

2011-09-16 13:06

London - It seems as if Fernando Torres cannot find breathing room from the bad press he has been receiving following his record transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea in January.

According to British tabloid The Daily Star’s website, former Chelsea defender and World Cup winner, Frank Leboeuf says the Spanish striker is ‘not good enough’ for Chelsea.

“Nowadays we make somebody a star because they play well for six months,” he said.

“I think the problem is that we make somebody into a star who doesn’t deserve to be called a star. You have to show for three or four years at the top level that you are a star. Didier Drogba is a star, John Terry is a star.

"They’ve been playing for years at the highest level. Torres was at home when he was at Atletico Madrid and he did well at the start at Liverpool.

“So is he a star? I don’t know . . . and if Torres is not a star, maybe Chelsea paid too much for him and he’s not good enough for them. So far that’s what it is,” barked Leboeuf.

Leboeuf did not stop there, he alluded to the fact that Torres’ ride at Chelsea would not be as easy as it once was at his previous clubs.

“This is the first time he finds himself at a club where he is not the main player. At Liverpool they were playing for him, at Atletico Madrid as well. Chelsea don’t. They’re not playing for him. He has to find his space. Maybe he struggles with that. There are other players there and they are all stars.”

Torres has only managed to score a solitary goal for the Blues in 23 appearances, 15 goals fewer than he scored in the same time for both Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. 

He was left out of the squad for their previous EPL outing against Sunderland, with Daniel Sturridge being selected above him, despite the absence of the talismanic Drogba.

Leboeuf says that Torres’ inability to reproduce the form which made him the hottest property at one stage in his career can be attributed to the striker’s mental strength - or lack thereof.

“That’s the difference between a big player and an average player. It’s all up there. If you’re not hungry and angry, you’re done.”
 

Sport24

Comments
  • Mazizi - 2011-09-16 13:20

    Lets hope he does not fire against the Red devils on the weekend.

      Bob - 2011-09-16 13:24

      Lets hope he does fire against the scum this weekend after that he can go back to sleep.

      Man U - 2011-09-16 13:42

      Bob: When he was turning out for the Scousers, you would have gone down on him, now you trash him? Typical attitude dsplayed by a Liverfool!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-16 13:53

      Fernando Torres.... tries hard to live up to his cousin, the INFAMOUS- CLIT TORRES!!

      A(N)ON - 2011-09-16 13:57

      @ Bob in the land of the blind the one eyed is king.....not so? Scum? What about all those scums and hooligans who got the English teams banned out of European competition for so long? Where were they from - remind me again? Your'e British (or you claim to be so) - you will know that football is a game supported by the who in England? - unlike rugby and cricket! Those who live in glasshouses should not throw stones!

  • fahja - 2011-09-16 13:28

    lets hope he does fire against the red devils this weekend

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-16 13:36

    the player was not interested to the club, but the team was running after the player. so who's to blame. Otherwise Atletico madrid or Barcelona must save their country man. Chelsea must sell the player to Spain teams with reasonable price tag. Torres is just like Rooney at ManU, Rooney is good for manU and Torres was good for Liverpool & Atletico,not for other teams.

  • Superdude - 2011-09-16 14:13

    Torres set up both goals midweek for Chelsea in the Champions league. Its not alwas about scoring.

      Albo - 2011-09-16 14:39

      Ja, but a 1mil pound player can also do that

      Kurupt - 2011-09-16 14:40

      @Superdude, Dont be Superstupid - Torres is useless and Man U will win on Sunday.... with or without him. CHAMP19NS

  • Gavin - 2011-09-16 14:48

    Was completely evident in his world cup performance or lack thereof, really over-valued player.

  • RacingShark - 2011-09-16 15:11

    Im thinking Madrid might be a good destination for Torres. Benzema suits Chelsea's style. Perhaps a straight Swap?

  • brownbomber - 2011-09-16 15:42

    Big mistake to leave Liverpool. There is no Gerrard at Chelsea to provide those killer passes. YNWA.

  • Brett - 2011-09-16 16:04

    Leboeuf is smoking his socks. Torres was a star throughout his time at Liverpool barring the last 9-12months. he also had a slight upturn in form just before he left too. At the same time he was a regular feature for Spain. He's rubbish now, admittedly, but to say he only performed for a short period is lunacy.

  • JustinD - 2011-09-16 17:05

    MU 3 C 1

  • Toxethh - 2011-09-16 19:49

    50 million quid! HEEE HEEEEE HEEEEE!

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