Newcastle legend Shearer stunned by Torres spotkick snub: He needs to quit Chelsea

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer feels Fernando Torres needs to quit Chelsea to save his career.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer feels Fernando Torres needs to quit Chelsea to save his career.

Shearer was shocked Torres ducked the chance to end his mammoth goal drought by taking a penalty against Birmingham.

He told the Daily Star: “It’s baffling. I’m pretty sure the ability is still there but his confidence is obviously at an all-time low.

“I hope he gets back to what he was – but it might take a move away from Chelsea to do it. It was always difficult for him going there because of the fee and because of whether he was the manager or the owner’s choice.

“Sometimes you need to help yourself in those situations and he’s not by not taking penalties. It baffles me. Why not?

“I was very, very surprised he didn’t take it. I was amazed.

“You’ve got a penalty, you’re 2-0 up and you haven’t scored for 20-odd games.

“When you’re on a barren run like that it’s a golden opportunity to score a goal. I was really surprised.

“No-one’s going to hand you the opportunity from a yard out, so I was shocked he didn’t take it.”

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