Dennis Wise praises Torres performance

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Chelsea legend Dennis Wise praised the performance of striker Fernando Torres in last nights League Cup clash with Swindon Town.

The Spaniard scored one and created another as a re-jigged, yet strong Chelsea line-up downed their League One opposition 2-0 at The County Ground and moved into the last 16 of the domestic competition. 

The striker has largely struggled to make any sort of impression at Stamford Bridge since his astonishing record £50 million transfer from Liverpool.

For Chelsea, Torres has only ever managed a maximum of eight goals in a Premier League season when at Liverpool his lowest tally for a full season was 14.

On top of that, the 29-year-old faces renewed competition for a starting spot for The Blues with the arrival of Samuel Eto'o in the summer and Demba Ba in January.

Despite the struggles faced by Torres, Wise, who spent 11 years at the club, still thinks he is a class act: "Tonight, Fernando Torres showed he wants to fight for his place," he said to SkySports.

"He's eager to win that place, play up front and be the main striker and I think he's done everything correct today.

"Unfortunately for him, he could have walked away with the match ball and that will be his only disappointment. His overall performance was fantastic.

"Whether he plays in the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League or a fixture like this - he performs," added Wise.

"He's got this quality. He's a natural goal scorer and what I've seen more of him now this year is that he's looking to get on the end of things.

"About a year ago, people were looking at him and saying he wasn't getting in the box, but he does now and he's sticking in goals.

"He looked so sharp tonight and he's there to cause problems. He wants to play, he wants Samuel Eto'o out the squad. By performing like that and doing the right things he's doing it can only be good for him.

"Everyone makes a point of him not looking happy, but I think that's his focus, that's his persona. That's the way he goes about things. I think we make far too much of it.

"He wants to play every game. Every player is not happy if they're not playing every game. Unfortunately there are 25 players in a squad, there are some quality players and if you don't perform for one or two games you find yourself sitting on the bench and that's the way it goes."

Torres will be hoping he can retain his place in the starting XI when his side travel across London for a potentially crucial game against big spending Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

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