Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright Phillips has said that the huge £ 50 million price tag on Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is the reason for him not performing well in a Chelsea shirt.

The Spaniard scored in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the midweek action, while his set to face the current club of Shaun Wright Phillips – QPR – at Stamford Bridge.

Shaun Wright Phillips, himself, was a £ 21 million signing many years ago from Manchester City. He never really lived up to the expectations and was ultimately sent back to the club four years ago. Now, coming to the end of his career, Shaun Wright Phillips has said that the transfer fee is always a major pressure on a player.

Despite this, the former England winger has said that he expects Fernando Torres to be back firing on all cylinders. Chelsea will be taking on QPR during the weekend, while Tottenham will be at home hosting Blackburn Rovers. The other contender for the top four positions Newcastle United will be having an away match against inform Wigan Athletic. QPR to have an opportunity to surprise Chelsea, who are likely to continue with the celebrations having made it into the Champions League final, because the club are likely to have one eye on the FA Cup final against Liverpool at the new Wembley.

“It’s not the price tag that weighs down on you, more the expectation that goes with it. If it wasn’t for the players around me and Jose Mourinho, it would have been much harder. Fernando gets into the right positions. Perhaps now it’ll all click and he’ll be back to normal,” Shaun Wright Phillips said regarding the problems faced by Fernando Torres is the last few months at Chelsea.