'Finally looks like his old self again' – Goal's World Player of the Week Fernando Torres

1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-1 Everton

It’s fair to say that Fernando Torres’ time at Chelsea has not gone exactly to plan. Indeed, at one point, even some Liverpool fans felt sorry for the misfiring Spaniard! Speculation is rife that the striker will be replaced this summer. However, over the past seven days, Torres has done his hopes of extending his stay at Stamford Bridge the world of good.

The former Atletico Madrid man was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Blues attack in Wednesday’s Europa League final against Benfica (though perhaps only because Demba Ba was cup-tied) and repaid Rafel Benitez’s faith in him with the kind of performance the former Reds boss extracted from the forward with great regularity during their time together at Anfield.

Torres tormented the Benfica back four and netted the opener in a dramatic 2-1 win, exhibiting the kind of pace, power, strength and composure that were once taken for granted. Having undoubtedly been buoyed by his stellar showing in Amsterdam, Torres then ended his six-month goal drought in the Premier League by scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Everton that sealed Chelsea’s automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League.

It’s far too early to say that Torres is back – we have been here before, of course – but, as Goal‘s Sammy Lee underlines, the 29-year-old is a worthy recipient of his fourth World Player of the Week award, yet first as a Chelsea player.

“The much-maligned Spaniard came to the fore in the Europa League in the the second half of the season season, and rounded off his fine form in the competition with a well-taken goal in the final against Benfica,” he explained.

“He had not hit the back of the net in the Premier League since December 23, however, but belatedly brought that ignominious run to an end with a neat half-volley against Everton on Sunday.

“Whether that will be enough to save him from a summer exit, especially with Chelsea-owned Romelu Lukaku scoring a hat-trick against Manchester United for West Brom, remains to be seen, but there’s no denying that Torres finally looks like his old self again.”

Congratulations to Fernando Torres, Goal’s 210th World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich

@Cnyari: “Ribery finishes the season as the Bundesliga’s top provider with 15 assists.”

Goal’s Mark Doyle: “Two goals and two assists is the perfect form heading into the Champions League final.”

Thibaut Courtois – Atletico M.

 @sidlowe: “Had another word or two with Courtois last night. Top bloke, top keeper.”

Goal’s Luis Herrera: “Undoubtedly the cornerstone of Atletico’s Copa success against Real Madrid.”

Adem Ljajic – Fiorentina

@SerbianFooty: “Adem Ljajic returned from suspension and scored a superb hat-trick.”

Goal’s Kris Voakes: “Jovetic could well leave, but in Ljajic they have the perfect replacement in their ranks.”

Hisato Sato – S. Hiroshima

@AarinH2:After a slow start, Hisato Sato is now the top scorer!”

Goal’s Cesare Polenghi: “Has nine goals in 11 games now after Saturday’s hat-trick against Ventforet Kofu.”

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