Ferran Torres is a man on a mission. The Spanish international returned to the starting lineup on Saturday night for Barcelona against Real Betis and carried forward his fine run of form with a stunning free-kick goal.
His celebration after finding the back of the net once again pointed towards the resilient mentality that has helped him win his place back under Xavi Hernandez. He is rightfully now called ‘The Shark’ in the Catalan capital.
A key figure in the dressing room
According to a report from SPORT, Ferran Torres’ importance at Barcelona goes beyond just his sensational performances on the field.
The 23-year-old is a key piece in the dressing room and is considered very close to the leaders of the team.
Moreover, Torres has taken on the onus of helping the new signings integrate well into the dressing room, especially Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix.
His relationship with the Portuguese full-back, in fact, goes back six years when they shared the dressing room at Valencia.
Man on a mission
Torres was one of the first names on Barcelona’s departure list towards the beginning of the recently concluded summer transfer window. The management saw him as a surplus resource who failed to live up to his billing.
However, the winger has turned around his situation in grand-stand fashion.
Torres began pre-season for Barcelona with spectacular form, scoring three goals and providing an assist for the Catalans in just five games.
His high-quality performances only carried into the La Liga season. Despite not playing in the league opener, Torres scored two goals for Barcelona across the second and third matchdays, both coming off the bench.
He then found no place in Luis de La Fuente’s La Roja squad for the EURO qualifiers but was called as a replacement for the injured Marco Asensio.
Making a 30-minute cameo for the national team against Cyprus, he found the back of the net two times and provided one key pass. Last night’s goal takes his tally for the club season to three goals in four appearances.