Fernando Torres has certainly been putting in the hard work on the training pitch for Chelsea, with this hard graft appearing to pay dividends in recent games during which he has almost been able to capitalise upon the absence of Didier Drogba by displaying a few good performances up front, but Torres has still failed to win over the Chelsea fans by doing the one job that is expected of him: scoring goals.
With this in mind, it is clear that until he starts to do this consistently, soccer betting tips will label the striker as a potential transfer target for any club willing to take a punt on a striker who has looked a very different man since his journey down from Merseyside to London.
Had Torres managed to put away that spectacular volleyed effort at the weekend against Sunderland, then surely the statement made today by Carlo Ancelotti would have been dismissed as a bit of stirring by a man who might want to get some revenge against a club that treated him so badly, but because his shot fell kindly to Frank Lampard rather than in the top corner of the net, the rumours regarding him being touted for transfer and the live soccer betting that comes with it, have gained an additional level of credence.
That said, at least Torres seems to possess the one thing that doomed Andriy Shevchenko when he joined Chelsea, with that yard of pace that is so crucial in the Premier League still inherent in the Spaniard. As a result, it is clear that Torres can still be a success in the Premier League and, should he so desire, could still go on to be a fans' favourite at Stamford Bridge by recreating some of the form that made him such a legend at Anfield.