I said two years ago that Torres was physically not the same player and I've yet to see people point that out. He used to run away from people like he was at another pace entirely, he'd made defenders look like they were running in quicksand. I don't know if it's injuries or what but now he's just nothing, no explosiveness, no real burst of pace. Nothing. The same thing has happened Rooney, but unlike Rooney, Torres doesn't have the ability to reinvent himself. His entire game revolved around pace.
Injuries fucked him for sure. Some strikers when they lose their pace can rely on being skillful but really Torres' game wasn't based on being particularly skillful. He was an awesome striker for us, but when you've had some injuries, not as quick as you were and have a bunch of pressure lumped on you b/c some muppet paid 50 mil for you then it will take its toll.
Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread (Wake me up when November ends :'()
Scholes gets away with murder with his tackling. It's quite amazing. Horrible tackle and the whole country just reacts like "oh well it's only Scholes, he can't tackle and he's never crippled anyone". It's kinda amazing. His reputation for being a nice shy guy who's a Utd legend lets him get away with it. If he was only just starting out in this current era and was still tackling like that then he'd have that sort of reputation. You can normally get away with all sort of shit in this country if you're a respected English player.