34-year-old Spanish forward, Fernando Torres (El Nino) is being linked to a move to the MLS. Chicago Fire have discovery rights of Torres and with the Fire having cash to spend, it seems likely.
With the Fire already looking into a german attack to boost their attack, it’s understandable why the Fire might be making a move for Torres, if it’s for the right price.
In 5 matches so far this season, Chicago managed to score 8 goals. Not so bad for an attack that took a massive downgrade since trading Ghanian star David Accam.
But they still can’t seem to win matches, only having one win in five matches.
Another thing the Fire have been having a lot of trouble with is bringing fans to the stadium. Yeah, the weather takes a big part of that, but Saturday, April 14th against LA Galaxy the attendance was 21,000+. A very cold, and rainy day, and 21,000+ “fans” still managed to show up, so maybe it isn’t the weather. Maybe, it’s the lack of talent, or big name players. Since signing McCarty, Nikolic, and Schweinsteiger, the Fire failed to bring anyone in during the 2018 off season. With names like Turan, Quintero, being linked to the club but their failure to sign, has set them back.
The Fire did bring in Serbian midfielder Aleksandar Katai, who so far played in four matches, only starting in 3. Katai was phenomenal in his debut match, where he scored his first goal for the club, sadly they went on to lose that match. Katai has yet to be able to relive that match.
Fernando Torres first started playing as a goalkeeper as a kid and went on to become one of the biggest names in Futbol. So maybe bringing Torres won’t be so bad, partnering up with Niko might be a great combo.
The 34-year-old Spaniard has spent his career in clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, and Atletico Madrid where he started his career. Also having 38 goals in 110 appearances for the Spanish national team, where he’s Spain’s third highest goalscorer of all-time. Being named FIFA World XI in 2008, and 2009.
Fernando Torres won’t only help bring more fans to the stadium but will bring more attention to the MLS. Torres will bring experience to help mentor many of the Fire’s young forward such as Bakero, Collier, and Campos.
But with the lack of creative players in the attack, this may not be the solution the Fire are looking for.
David Accam had one of his best seasons with the club last year. Where he scored 14 goals and 6 assists in 30 matches. So far newcomer Katai hasn’t been able to live up to his hype, and with Luis Solignac, and Daniel Johnson being injured the Fire have less players to fall back on.
We’ve seen how the Fire are currently struggling in the attack without “King” David Accam. A winger who brought pace and skill to the Fires attack.
If Chicago Fire don’t find a winger to replace Accam soon, would Fernando Torres really be able to shine in the attack?