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.
The Spain striker's goal sparked unforgettable scenes at a sodden Stamford Bridge as he was mobbed by every one of his outfield team-mates, including Lampard.
Midfielder Lampard applauded the way his new team-mate had handled the huge pressure on his shoulders and warned Saturday's goal was just the beginning for the 27-year-old.
"A world-class striker comes with a massive price tag," said Lampard, who opened the scoring against the Hammers. "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. 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."