Torres hasn’t been able to replicate his form for Liverpool for Chelsea yet. If he had this question would arguably not even arise as with a 29% conversion rate in front of goal, there would be very few who could keep up with the Spaniards goal rate.
Some may deny this, saying Drogba has always been the, literally, stronger striker and is more of a threat. However, in Drogba’s most successful season in terms of goals, 2009/2010, his conversion rate was 20%. However, Drogba does bring a more creative threat which he has improved on in recent years, partly down to him not having the pace to stretch back lines any more and not having the acceleration to burst into the box. His finishing has also got worse, and so has his all round game. It should be his last year in Chelsea colours.
I think Villas-Boas will be looking for more of an out and out finisher though, rather than a creative player, due to his 3 man midfield consisting of two creative midfielders in Lampard, creates a chance every 29 minutes, and Meireles, creates a chance every43 minutes. With Mata also in the side, creating a chance every 20 minutes, Chelsea are not lacking in creativity.
It arguably comes down between Sturridge and Torres, Romelu Lukaku is still too young at this point in time. Sturridge has been on fire since he joined Bolton on loan last season. He has a 33% conversion rate so far this season and has scored three goals, Torres has a 17% conversion rate and has scored two. Sturridge is also much more creative than Torres, although as we discussed before Villas-Boas is probably looking for a finisher primarily. Both are fairly similar in the air, both have an aerial duel success rate of roughly 35% although Sturridge just edges it marginally.
All the signs point to Sturridge being first choice. However, can Villas-Boas get away with having a 40 million pound white elephant sitting on the bench? Sturridge on the wing is looking like a more acceptable move at the moment until either Torres picks up his form, or Sturridge becomes too good to be ignored.