5 Reasons Why Fernando Torres Needs a Change of Scenery
It's been a frustrating three-and-a-half years for Fernando Torres.
The goals haven't been forthcoming and this summer he was knocked down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge by Diego Costa, who has already scored in each of his first two Premier League appearances.
Against Leicester City this weekend, Torres was omitted from Chelsea's matchday squad altogether, not appearing in the starting line-up or on the bench.
When asked about his future after Chelsea's 2-0 win over the Foxes, Jose Mourinho said he wanted to keep Torres at Chelsea.
"I want him to stay. He will play and score goals, and be very useful for us," the Chelsea manager explained.
For many, though, the time has come for Torres to move on.
Bleacher Reports looks at some of the reasons why.
*Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand.
He's Not Going to Be Playing Much Football This Season
As was shown by being left out against Leicester City, Fernando Torres is going to be rarely seen at Chelsea in 2014/15.
Torres was also an unused substitute against Burnley in Chelsea's 3-1 win in their season opener at Turf Moor earlier in the week.
Diego Costa is Chelsea's main striker now and back-up to him is Didier Drogba, who returned to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Jose Mourinho will want numbers simply to avoid a crisis later in the season if injuries and suspensions ravage his squad.
Unless that happens, Torres will be this season's Demba Ba.
Last term, it was Samuel Eto'o and Torres who swapped forward duties, with Ba used sparingly.
From how the season has started, we can expect to see Costa and Drogba doing the same, meaning Torres will have to endure more Saturdays like the one just past.
He's Carrying Too Much Baggage at Chelsea
It doesn't take a genius to note Fernando Torres is damaged goods at Chelsea.
Such has been his ill fortune these past three-and-a-half years, he is carrying too much baggage.
He needs a fresh start.
For whatever reason, it's never quite worked out for him at Chelsea and whenever he makes the slightest error or misses an opportunity, out come the headlines and columns about what a poor investment he has been.
Sometimes the media can be right in their assumptions, but for the most part, Torres isn't afforded the same patience as other players.
A £50 million price tag will do that to you. Leaving Liverpool for Chelsea under controversial circumstances only increases the hyperbole.
Torres needs to change the agenda.
Jose Mourinho Doesn't Have Confidence in Him
We heard it all last season that Chelsea needed a striker capable of consistently scoring goals.
If Jose Mourinho had the confidence in Fernando Torres to be that man, he wouldn't have so publicly criticised his strikers, nor would he have gone out and signed Diego Costa for £32 million.
Torres was fragile enough, so having to compete with the likes of Costa would have only added to the weight he is carrying.
The signing of Costa was one thing, bringing back Didier Drogba another.
Drogba's return is almost an acceptance by Chelsea that they got it wrong by signing Torres in 2011.
The Spaniard was supposed to be Drogba's replacement, only now Drogba has returned, at 36, to replace him.
Chelsea have reverted back to the model that brought them success in Mourinho's first spell and there wasn't much room for strikers like Torres.
He Needs to Ressurect His Career...Before It's Too Late
Fernando Torres turns 31 in March.
After a frustrating time at Chelsea, there is still time for him to end his career with a bang by joining a club where he is more at home and loved.
A new club may not come with the same profile as Chelsea, but in many ways that could be beneficial for him.
Torres needs an environment where he can flourish as, right now, the scrutiny leveled at Chelsea every week, does not appear that place.
Still 30, he is capable of making one more move in his career that will help restore his reputation and remind us of the goals he can score.
This summer, it isn't too late.
He's Blocking the Path for Youngsters Coming Through
It's more an issue for Chelsea than Fernando Torres, but his presence is blocking the route to the first-team for one of Chelsea's emerging strikers.
Whether that be Patrick Bamford, Dominic Solanke or another of the talented up and coming players remains to be seen, although Chelsea's squad doesn't haven't room for an extra player with him around.
Were Torres to leave, it would allow Jose Mourinho to integrate a new face, playing an inexperienced player as third choice where the squad will not depend on him too much.
In cup games, said player would also be available to gain experience.
It would be the type of situation where a youngster would flourish—regularly a part of matchday squads, training with the first-team and easing his way into a high-pressure environment.
Besides, how will Torres feel if Mourinho opts to play a youngster over him in the Capital One Cup or FA Cup this season?
Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes