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Steven Beacom: High time Torres proves he’s not a waste of Chelsea's money

Three games, no goals. That’s the record for Fernando Torres at Chelsea so far since his record breaking move from Liverpool.

Not exactly the goal ratio Roman Abramovich had been hoping for when he spent £50 million on the Spanish striker.

At times in his first two games against Liverpool and Fulham, Torres didn’t look worth 50 quid!

The Liverpool fans, who felt betrayed by his desire to leave Anfield, revelled in the Spaniard’s failings in their 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge while the Fulham supporters fell over themselves to sing “What a waste of money” as the forward’s problems continued during a scoreless draw at Craven Cottage.

He improved in Chelsea’s recent Champions League clash with Copenhagen, but still, despite having chances, failed to find the net.

It’s about time that he did, otherwise rather than being the figurehead for Chelsea going forward in years to come he’s going to be considered an extremely expensive flop.

Tonight is his big opportunity to win over the Chelsea faithful with Manchester United the visitors in west London.

Torres has a decent record against United and can go into the vital Premier League fixture knowing that he has tortured Nemanja Vidic in the past.

Vidic says Torres doesn’t worry him, and I can see why given the current form of both, but there will be concern at the back of the Serb’s mind, just in case the Chelsea front man turns it on.

United, of course, are going for the title. Chelsea’s Premier League ambition now is all about finishing in the top four.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have had a desperate season on and off the field, the latest scandal coming with allegations that Ashley Cole shot someone with an air rifle at Chelsea’s training ground!

What a disgrace. You couldn’t make this stuff up. Chelsea is a club in danger of spiralling out of control.

They need a lift. Torres might just provide it for them tonight.

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