Jermain Defoe has told Chelsea’s Fernando Torres that he needs to treat the Premier League like the school yard if he is to get back to scoring ways.
Torres has netted seven times in 21 appearances in all competitions this season, to go with the fifteen he scored in his one-and-a-half seasons before that – a low return for the ┬ú50 million paid for the Spaniard in 2011.
But Defoe, whose double against West Ham at the weekend took his goals tally for the season to 14, insists that it is no wonder Torres cannot regularly find the net given the pressure on his shoulders.
With the arrival of Rafa Benitez at Stamford Bridge the expectation that Torres will return to form is only likely to increase given that the 52-year-old was the last manager to get the best out of his striker when they were at Liverpool.
But rather than waiting for a tactical masterstroke from Benitez, Defoe has encouraged Torres to think like a schoolboy and just play on instinct.
“People put so much pressure on Torres that he can’t relax and enjoy his football,” said Defoe.
“There is pressure every game you play. It is something you have to deal with and everyone deals with it differently. You just have to approach it like any other game, like a schoolboy would.”