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The Spanish striker, who has netted just once in the Premier League in 2013, accepts he must do more to justify his price tag, though feels his detractors are overly critical

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has admitted he needs to perform to a higher level and score more goals to justify the £50 million the Blues spent on him.

The Spain international has endured an unspectacular time at Stamford Bridge, scoring just 37 goals in 139 appearances for the west London club and failing to match his impressive performances at Liverpool.

The 29-year-old, currently sidelined through injury, says he must at the very least match last season's haul of 23 strikes in all competitions if he is to begin to payback his colossal price tag.

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"The people are looking at me thinking I should do much better and it's true," he told Chelsea TV. "The reason you pay that money for someone is that he has shown in the past he is worth that.

"Now what you have to show is you can have the same value or even more value for things you have done at Chelsea.

"I know I have many things to do at this club to give the confidence back to the owner. The amount of goals I scored last season should be the minimum.

"I want to ask that of myself but I have enough time. I signed a five-and-a-half year contract and I'm sure the future can only be better."

Torres does, however, feel that some of the criticism he has received has been unwarranted, and feels he has contributed to Chelsea's recent successes.

"There has been an overreaction about everything,” the Spaniard added. "Overreact when I did a miss or if I have a red card or I hit the crossbar instead of scoring a goal.

"It was a good season (last year), a good number of goals (23) that gave us a chance to fight for trophies but if you ask the people, they will say he can do better, should do better.

"It's like I said, with me good things are looking so-so and bad things are looking really bad."

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