Money can’t buy you goals | Torres and Carroll Stats

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Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll have both struggled to make an impact at their new clubs since their big money moves in January 2011. With a combined transfer fee of £85 million a lot was expected of this striking duo but both players have just not come up with the goods. (Editors Note: This article was written before the fixtures on the weekend of 31st March/1st April therefore missing Torres’ latest goal.)

With just 8 Premier League goals between them and a regular place on the bench, we look at the differences between the two players statistics for their new clubs and try to work out just what has gone wrong for the once deadly duo.

Torres Stats Comparison

We begin the comparison with Fernando Torres and the differences between his performances for Liverpool in the 2010/2011 season and his performances for Chelsea since he has arrived there.

Torres Stats from EPLIndex
Article written before the Villa game therefore those stats are omitted.

The main finding of this comparison is that Torres attacking statistics for Chelsea are way below his attacking statistics for when he played for Liverpool, which is what was expected.For Liverpool in the 2010/211 season Torres averaged a goal every 211 minutes, but since his move to Stamford Bridge he has only managed to score every 691 minutes. This is a staggering difference of 480 minutes per goal and goes to show that since he has joined Chelsea his goal scoring form has dropped significantly as it is taking him extra 5.3 games to score a goal.

Torres has taken an extra 14 minutes to take a shot for Chelsea and taken a whopping 61 minutes longer to have a shot on target for his new club. His shooting accuracy is down 14.22% while his chance conversion has dropped to 6.67%, which is 8.33% below what he was achieving at Liverpool.

All these statistics point to the conclusion that Fernando Torres’s poor start at Chelsea has destroyed his confidence as he has completely forgotten how to be a striker.

Another reason for these poor attacking statistics may lie within Torres’s passing statistics as Torres has made an extra 133 passes since his move from Liverpool. He has also made 160 more accurate passes and completed 75.12 % of his passes, which is 12.67% better than his time at Liverpool.

These passing statistics combined with the fact that it is taking Torres longer to shoot shows that Torres is choosing to pass a lot more often than he decides to shoot. With this being the case it goes some way to showing why Torres goal scoring form for Chelsea is way below of what was expected of him when they signed him.

Although, the statistics also show that Torres is going some way to putting this right and prove he is worth the staggering £50 million that his new club splashed out for him in January 2011. He has made 19 more tackles (18 being more successful) for Chelsea than he did for Liverpool and has improved his tackle success rate by 9.31% to an impressive 81.87%.  He has also won 35.65% of his ground 50-50 challenges which is 2.65% better off than when he was at Liverpool.

This shows that although Torres attacking play is lacking he is trying to make up for it by winning the ball back for his team and putting the effort in to try to put things right.

Next Page: Carroll Stats from Newcastle compared to stats at Liverpool

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