As the January transfer window came to a close in the English Premier League, two of the league’s biggest clubs were at the center of a dramatic transfer move. Liverpool FC sold star striker Fernando Torres to rivals Chelsea FC for a British record transfer fee. Immediately the move was criticized by the media and fans of both clubs, but was the criticism justified?
The west London club smashed the British transfer record in paying £50 million for Torres, a decision that was quickly mocked by many as a last attempt by the Blues to salvage their title dreams. Since then the Blues hopes of retaining their Barclay&39s Premier League crown in 2011 have all but died. The criticism of both Torres and Chelsea increased after the striker made a lackluster debut against his former club less than a week after the move. In the end, Liverpool notched the only goal of the match in a 1-0 defeat for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Looking at the deal for Torres requires an individual to look at the larger picture. Chelsea has an aging squad who currently employ an attacking format that Torres is not best suited for. Among the stars at Chelsea, several of them have a few seasons at best of top form left before they begin to hit the twilight of their career.
Even worse for the Blues is the condition of their core attacking duo Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. The pair led Chelsea on a rampage last season in the Premier League, but this season they have so far been less than effective. Anelka has had to play second fiddle to Drogba. He has been playing for the club three seasons now and rumors are beginning to spread that Anelka may soon be moving on to the retirement pasture that is Major League Soccer in the United States.