Chelsea have made a remarkable signing for the once Kop favorite Fernando Torres at 50 million odd pounds it smashes the transfer record in England. It also sets up a very interesting end of the season for the current champions Chelsea as they look to put the poor form behind them and once again aim for the league title.
With Fernando Torres being a proven EPL striker and younger then the current spearhead Drogba it looks like a good piece of business on the surface. Whether the former Liverpool man can live up to the very high price tag and fit into Chelsea’s system is another question entirely. Currently Chelsea Deploy a 4-3-3 system with Drogba spearheading the attack with Malouda on the left and Anelka on the right of the forward 3. This particularly early in the season was quite effective with Malouda in top form creating many opportunities for the likes of Drogba, Kalou and Anelka. As a dip in form and injuries took there toll it began to look increasing ineffective but back to back wins showed some stability in the Chelsea camp.
Obviously this was not enough stability for owner Roman Abramovich pushing forward the money for the purchase of Torres. Where Torres exactly fits into the formation and style of Chelsea is difficult to tell with the deadline day transfer looking like an expensive rushed replacement. Torres is an out and out forward a striker who leads the attack week in week out with support from behind. Drogba and Torres would severely clash under this system as both would highly value their position as the leading line of the team.
A system using a front two looks increasing likely as Torres enters the fold but will likely unbalance the rest of the team. Malouda has been highly effective on the left and Anelka has played well in his position. Lampard is set to return after an injury ravaged season and will need to slot into a midfield position.
A 4-1-2-1-2 seems too attacking for Carlo, a 4-3-1-2 could be on the cards but reduces width. A standard 4-4-2 is extremely unlikely but a variation could occur. This writer does not know but what he does know is that Carlo Ancelotti is going to need to be at his tactical and man management best to get the most out of his new striker and existing crop of players. On paper it is a sensational move but as players take time to settle under the new system whatever it may be the league title may have already passed Chelsea.