Fernando Torres' lack of goals will prevent Chelsea from claiming the Premier League title this season, according to former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby.
Torres has scored only 19 goals in 84 appearances for Chelsea since his record-breaking £50 million transfer from Liverpool in January 2011, but remains the Blues' first-choice striker.
The 28-year-old had began the new season well, scoring three times in his first four games for Chelsea as the Blues streaked to the summit of the league table, and it was hoped that Torres had finally found his feet at Stamford Bridge.
But the goals have since dried up for the Spaniard, with Torres finding the next just twice in the Premier League since August, while Chelsea have relinquished their position at the top of the table to Manchester United.
Molby, meanwhile, was a fan of Torres during his time with Liverpool but has not seen anything to suggest the former Anfield hero can replicate the potent former he displayed on Merseyside.
Torres scored 33 goals in all competitions during his first season as a Liverpool player and Molby believes Chelsea are in need of a player capable of reaching a similar target this term, if they are to win the league.
But Molby, who made over 200 appearances for Liverpool during 12 years at Anfield, expects Torres' profligacy will be Chelsea's downfall when the season reaches its climax.
"I just don’t fancy Chelsea to win the Premier League title this season because I always felt that their season would hinge on whether Torres could score 20-plus goals and that is not looking at all likely," Molby told the Daily Star.
"Chelsea’s downfall this season will be having Torres as the main striker and an over-reliance on their other attacking players.
"He should be pretty close to ten goals already at this stage of the season, and he’s not looking like a man capable of leading a team to the Premier League title in such a crucial position."