There he was on our TV screens this morning.
Torres was smiling and holding up a blue SAMSUNG shirt.
Sky Sports News’s lead story was, “Fernando Torres says he’s joined a top-level club and wants to win the Champions League this season after completing a British record £50 million move.”
Top foreign players all care about the Champions League more than anything else and Torres is no different.
He graciously said, “The target for every player is to play for one of the top clubs in the world and I can do it now.”
Torres is eligible to play against FC Copenhagen in the Round of 16.
At £35m, Andy Carroll is the most expensive British footballer ever.
And the 8th most expensive in world football. He’s 21, has several arrests for assault, scored 17 of the goals that got Newcastle promoted, and has 11 in the Premier League so far this season. He’s a spectacular left-footed centre forward with huge potential.
Fabio Capello capped him against France in November, a friendly, and says his two strikers are Rooney and Carroll.
The big man texted his favourite fanzine editor and said : I’m gutted to leave St James’s Park, I was forced out.
Including the purchase of Luis Suarez from Ajax for £23m, Chelsea and Liverpool spent £128 million on deadline day.
Football is a team game but tabloid coverage is all about stars and goalscorers, so this is a massive tabloid day.
All the money has gone on five players. The other is Edin Dzeko to Man City for £27m. It’s a helluva lot of cash for five footballers: Torres, Carroll, Suarez, Bent and Dzeko. A Spaniard, a Geordie, an Arsenal supporter from Sunderland, a Urguayan and a Bosnian from the Bundesliga.
Gooners will have been choking on their muesli as they watched Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck say, “It shows Roman’s continuing commitment to the club.”
Myself, I think buying Torres is an apology for sacking Ray Wilkins, a move to save the season and get grumbling Blues fans onside again.
Chelsea’s results nosedived when Wilkins was crassly sacked. John Terry went ballistic when that happened. JT was instrumental in bringing Ray Wilkins to work at the club.
In the last few weeks, almost everybody believed that Carlo Ancelotti would walk at the end of the season. He still might. A coach of his Carlo’s calibre likes a say in what players join his team, and when they arrive.
Tonight Arsenal play Everton in a league game.
Two clubs who didn’t buy anybody. Everton’s away record is very poor but they’re better than Ipswich, Leeds, Huddersfield and Wigan.
Bring it on !
Memo to Arsenal defence : stop Louis Saha.