The Best and Worst Of Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres has posted his worst stats this season since he joined the Premier League nearly four years ago. However, in the history of the Premier League, no player has scored more frequently than Torres and he has proven Champions League knockout stage pedigree.

If his poor recent form is down to him being low on motivation and considering that he’s nearly back to full fitness this season, his move to Chelsea should be just the spark he needs to start scoring buckets of goals again, with Chelsea v Liverpool at Stamford Bridge is first assignment.


After enjoying his best Liverpool campaign in 2009/10, Torres has slumped dramatically this season, scoring 0.39 goals per game, his worst ratio since making his debut in England’s top-flight. Plagued by injury, he has never played more than 24 games a season since 2008/09 but he should improve on that in 2010/11, having already featured 23 times.

Torres in the Premier League – Premier League

Season Apps Starts Goals Assists Goals per game
Season 2007/2008 33 29 24 4 0.73
Season 2008/2009 24 20 14 3 0.58
Season 2009/2010 22 20 18 3 0.82
Season 2010/2011 23 22 9 2 0.39
Total 102 91 65 12 0.64

Nevertheless, the £50 million spent by Chelsea is not a wild shot in the dark. Indeed, over the history of the Premier League, no player has scored more frequently than Torres, with one goal every 121 minutes on average. He’s also been the most prolific goalscorer in the top-flight since 2007/08, with 65 goals, ahead of Carlos Tevez (57) and Dimitar Berbatov (55).

Top 5 Minutes per goal – Premier League

Player Minutes/Goal Goals* Games Played
Torres, Fernando 121 65 102
Henry, Thierry 122 174 254
van Nistelrooy, Ruud 128 95 150
Crespo, Hernán 141 20 49
Shearer, Alan 147 260 441

*Only includes players to have scored 20 or more PL goals


Fernando Torres has a better goalscoring record in the knockout stages of the Champions League than in the group stages.

From the last 16 onwards, Torres has scored five goals in 10 games, that’s a rate of one goal every two games, an impressive return given the pedigree of sides is higher than in the group stages. With Chelsea facing relative minnows FC Copenhagen in the last 16, Torres will be expected to make a quick impression.

Torres in the Champions League – Group vs Knockout stages

Torres in the CL Group stages Knockout stages
Games 11 10
Goals 3 5
Goals per game 0.27 0.50
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