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Fernando Torres made an emotional return to his hometown club Atletico Madrid only last year but if recent revelations are to believed, the player could be interested in making a return to the Premier League. Torres is likely to leave on a loan deal in January and Southampton are a likely destination for him. It does seem like an interesting proposition and one that will certainly benefit the former Liverpool superstar.
In the new season so far, the £3.6m rated Torres has had to remain content with making just one or two appearances. The striker will fall further below in the pecking order once Diego Costa officially joins Atletico in January, making it the perfect time for Torres to make a temporary move to a different club to clock as many playing minutes as possible.
His lack of playing time has been quite cumbersome, and this situation will worsen in January. Hence, Torres could be prompted to join the Saints on a loan deal. The fact that he has a previous link with Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino could tempt him to make the switch. Pellegrino was a part of the coaching staff at Anfield and has worked with Torres before. The duo could rekindle its old relationship if Torres makes the switch.
While it can be argued that Southampton should just sign him permanently, one should note that the player will charge high wages. Moreover, he will be 34 next year and splashing out a hefty amount on him at this point may not be the best idea. Instead, a loan deal can benefit all parties involved.
As far as his performances are concerned, we all know that Torres does not lack talent. He still has the scoring touch, having scored 8 goals in La Liga last season. He also provided 6 assists, making him quite an enticing target for the Saints. He has not featured much for Atletico this time and a temporary switch to a new club could exactly be what he might need in order to play regularly.
Pellegrino is in dire need of attackers since Southampton have scored only 9 goals in 11 games this season. Torres may have slowed down but he is still sharp and powerful enough to score on a daily basis, and since this is a temporary move, it can be the ideal quick-fix solution for the club. A loan move to St. Marys’ could prove to be a beneficial move for Torres.