Frank Lampard watched Fernando Torres finally score his first goal for Chelsea and declared: "Now you're going to see him fly."
More than 15 hours since he last found the net for club or country, Torres began to repay his record-breaking £50million price tag when he helped the Blues beat West Ham 3-0 to keep their slim Barclays Premier League title hopes alive.
"It was always going to be a matter of time and I think now you're going to see him fly, whether it be the last few games of this season or next season." said Lampard, who opened the scoring against the Hammers.
"A world-class striker comes with a massive price tag,
"You can't change quality and you can't change a world-class player. We've seen it with him in his career and nothing changes.
"He's a quiet lad, he's not opened his mouth. If he's been on the bench, he's come on and not said anything."
Saturday's game was the third in succession Torres had been forced to start as a substitute, with manager Carlo Ancelotti deciding he could not risk leaving out the in-form Didier Drogba.
But the Italian insisted he had never doubted Torres would come good.
"I never lost the confidence in his ability and skills because he is a fantastic striker," he said.
"I said a lot of times that we have to be patient because it was a new club for him, he needed to take time to know better our play, to know better his team-mates. Now is a good time for him to show his quality."
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