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Why Chelsea must sign Tottenham’s Luka Modric for the sake of Fernando Torres

New Chelsea manager Andre Villa-Boas recently told the media that the Blues intend to target ‘value’ signings, as opposed to expensive big-name signings – a statement that has come about following several failed high profile bids, for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric.

The most recent offer that Chelsea put forward to Spurs was £27 million, an offer believed to be well below the valuation that the chairman, Daniel Levy, has of the player.

But this is one player that Villa-Boas should throw everything at acquiring, as Modric could very well prove to be the key to unlocking the awesome abilities of their £50 million star striker, Fernando Torres.

Struggle

To say that Fernando Torres struggled at Chelsea last term, after his £50 million move from Liverpool in January, is an extremely generous summation. Torres was a shadow of his former self, managing to score just a single goal in 14 appearances for the London outfit.

There are many reasons why Torres was unable to have an impact for his new team. Part of his failure can be simply put down to joining a new club in the middle of a campaign, but some reasons for the disappointment are more permanent.

Debilitating injury

Several seasons ago Torres was able to stand on the shoulder of the last defender and beat them with pure pace 99 times out of 100. The ball didn’t have to be particularly precise; such was the agility and speed of Torres.

But with the numerous hamstring injuries that Torres has suffered, he has clearly lost a yard or two of pace, unable to simply outsprint defenders like he once did. The fans at Stamford Bridge may sadly never see this brilliant footballer in his absolute prime, but the Spaniard still has enough of the attributes required to make him one of the best centre forwards in the English Premier League.

The playmaker

What Torres needs to excel as a goal scorer is a brilliant playmaker, someone that can understand and provide that killer pass for him.  At Liverpool that player was Steven Gerrard.

During their prime years of playing together, it was some of the most exciting football to watch in the Premier League. Gerrard had an innate understanding of Torres, and Torres of Gerrard. The duo terrorised even the best defenders in the competition, and during their brilliant spell together, the Reds came desperately close to clinching their first title in almost two decades.

There is no player currently at Stamford Bridge that can deliver at the same level as Gerrard did – but Modric can.

The must-do deal

It is understandable why Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may be hesitant to splash out more cash this summer, seeing as the club spent £80 million on just two players in January – £50 million on Torres and £30 million on David Luiz.

But buying Torres without having a playmaker means that Torres may not improve his poor goal scoring record from last season at Stamford Bridge, irrespective of whether or not he successfully gets through the pre-season injury free. The Spaniard is a lethal finisher, but he simply does need a playmaker with vision to support him, otherwise his impact will constantly be minimal on the pitch.

Torres is not like Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who endured an extremely poor spell himself last term, as the Englishman is a lot more mobile around the pitch. Blues fans won’t see Torres making a desperate lunging tackle at left-back like Red Devil fans see Rooney make at Old Trafford week in, week out.

The Modric deal is quite frankly a must do one for Villa-Boas, even if it means offloading other long serving Chelsea players. Their significant investment in Torres must be complimented by the signing of a world class creative midfielder, and therefore the Blues have no choice but to throw everything at Modric, in order to enhance the immediate future of the club.

Is Luka Modric vital for Torres and Chelsea’s ambitions this season?

Mon 25 July, 2011
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8 Comments:

  1. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    Chelsea will not be getting Steven Gerrard value in signing Modric.

    Modric is good, but i’m not sure he is vital to Chelsea’s success, or that he will restore Torres, or provide immediate solutions to Chelsea’s creative-lacking midfield (should he join)… I’d put someone like Gerrard in that category but Gerrard is in another league compared to Modric and to say he will do for Torres and Chelsea, what Gerrard has done at LFC, is a bit of a stretch, to say the least.

  2. Tochi guchi says:

    I believe luka wil b vital to our success and he’s going to bring out d best in fernando.

  3. Obi says:

    I must say i applaud ur idea on torres past injuries / loosing some pace. Its definitly one of the main reasons for his upsets. Obviously chelsea’s players/system also do not fit torres kind of play, personally i think we didn’t need to acquire his services in d first place. However, adjusting to fit him (torres) will mean the acquisition of a very creative midfielder (whose shoes modric unfortunately can never fit in…he is way over rated …thanks to the english media). In my opinion, palermo’s javier Pastore will be a far better option, though he may not be d most physically built player for the premiership but i’m sure he’ll adjust just fine.

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  5. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    @Obi…yea – Pastore is nice! Pastore over Modric any day.

  6. I DONT KNOW IF MODRIC IS THE ONE GOING TO SOLVE THE MIDFIELD PROBLEM.PRATICALLY CHELSEA HAVE A GOOD MIDFIELD AT THE MOMENT BUT BECAUSE LAMPARD'S AGE PROBLEM,IT SEEMS WE HAVE SOME PROBLEM.IT WAS LAMPARD AND DROGBA THAT HAVE BEEN PIVOTAL TO CHELSEA'S SUCCES says:

    I DONT KNOW IF MODRIC IS THE ONE GOING TO SOLVE THE MIDFIELD PROBLEM.PRATICALLY CHELSEA HAVE A GOOD MIDFIELD AT THE MOMENT BUT BECAUSE LAMPARD’S AGE PROBLEM,IT SEEMS WE HAVE SOME PROBLEM.IT WAS LAMPARD AND DROGBA THAT HAVE BEEN PIVOTAL TO CHELSEA’S SUCCESS IN SIX YEARS AND WHEN HE WAS INJURED LAST SEASON AND DTROGBA SUFFERED FROM MALARIA,WE LOST THE PREMIERSHIP TO UNITED.IT IS NOT THAT WE DONT NEED LUCA MODRIC BUT THERE IS SOMETHING ALWAYS BAD ABOUT BUYING A PLAYER A BIG PRICE,IT LEED TO DECLINE IN PERFORMANCE.EVERY DEFENDER HAD HEARD THE AMOUNT AND THEY WONT LET HIM GET THE BALL.THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO BERBERTOV AND CHEVCHENCO, EVEN DAVID VILLA.27 MILLION IS OKAY,IF TOTENHAM REFUSES TO SELL THAT PRICE,LET THEM SELL TO UNITED THEN.WE WONT SPEND MUCH THIS TIME.

  7. kallol panda says:

    CHELSEA IS FULL OF AGED UNNECESSARY PLAYER WHO DOESNT HAS PASSION TO WINING ANY BIG MATCH THEY NEED GOOD PLAYMAKER OTHERWISE FORGET EPL AND PLAY FOR THIRD PLACE (MANU,MANCITY) AND CL ARE YOU MAD WITH THIS TEAM?BARCELONA WILL SCORE AT LEAST 3 GOAL TEAM WITH OUT CONCEEDE ONE.i BET WIT THIS YOU CAN WIN CARLING CUP OR BETTER YOU PEOPLE PLAY EUROPACUP OK With this team only god can save chelsea the team of aged and unknown players…….

  8. kallol panda says:

    CHELSEA NEED PLAYER LIKE PASTORE OR SOME CREATIVE MIDFIELDER WHO CAN SUPPLY BALL TO TORRES AND PLAYING WITH ASTONVILA DIFFERENT AND PLAYING WITH MANU DIFF SO DONT GET EXCITED AFTER WINING AGAINST MINNOWS.COME BEFORE MANU THEY WILL SHOW YOU YOUR ORIGINAL STANDARD.ALL THE BEST CHELSEA…..

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