Against Swindon Town on Tuesday night, Fernando Torres looked hungry, sharp and determined to prove a point to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The Spaniard did exactly that: scoring the opening goal of the night before setting up teammate Ramires to kill the Capital One Cup third round tie off with an exquisite assist.
Naysayers will point to the fact that Torres was up against League One opponents - which is a perfectly valid point - but he has put himself in the frame to start against Tottenham on Saturday regardless.
And based on his performances so far this season, it's also a perfectly valid point to suggest that Torres is currently Chelsea's best and most in-form striker.
Samuel Eto'o has failed to hit the ground running since arriving from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer, while Torres - who is three years Eto'o's junior - looked assured in the European Super Cup against Bayern Munich and is clearly on a similar wavelength to the Blues' playmakers than new arrival Eto'o at this point in time.
Demba Ba, meanwhile, has his work cut out to prove himself under Mourinho and should give serious consideration to the idea of leaving the club in January.
Had Romelu Lukaku's services been retained, it's possible that the title of this article would be very different; but Mourinho saw fit to loan out the powerful striker to Everton, who are now reaping the benefits instead.
Mourinho, subsequently, has a difficult decision to make ahead of the eagerly-anticipated clash at White Hart Lane.
Does he stick with Torres after his impressive Capital One Cup display, or bring back the unreliable Eto'o to lead the line against a team who have conceded just one league goal so far this term?
As well as a difficult decision, it could be an important one too. If Chelsea are to send out a warning to their rivals for the Premier League title, they can ill-afford to lose this London derby.
Torres appears to be Mourinho's best bet. The 29-year-old is high on confidence, his skin is much thicker these days after years of everyone incessantly questioning his ability, and he looks good for a goal every time he takes to the pitch at the moment.
That may or may not last for the long term - but if it lasts for 90 minutes against Spurs, Mourinho and Chelsea could end up having the last laugh against Andre Villas-Boas and his men this weekend.