Sutton failed to make an impression at Stamford Bridge after his big money move from Blackburn Rovers in 1999 before leaving the club the following season.
As a result, the English striker has watched with interest and a certain degree of empathy at the current struggles Chelsea's £50million signing Torres has been facing since joining from Liverpool in January.
"I struggled. I didn't start particularly well there. There are similarities in that respect," Sutton told talkSPORT.
"I thought he played particularly well in the first game of the season at Stoke. He just needs a bit of luck - he is still a top player. Maybe he just needs something to go his way.
"I don't know whether the manager [Andre] Villas-Boas knows what his best team is yet and who to pair him up with or whether they go three up top. He just needs a break.
"You don't lose class. He's certainly a class player and he's proved that year in year out, up until last season."
Meanwhile, the Blues have been handed a major boost ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland with Petr Cech returning to full training.
The goalkeeper had been ruled out for between three and four weeks after damaging knee ligaments in a training-ground collision last month but has made a quicker-than-expected recovery.