Fernando Torres played an instrumental role in Chelsea's Capital One Cup victory over Swindon on Tuesday night and Dennis Wise believes the striker is ready to fight for a starting place.
The Spanish striker put Chelsea in front just before the half-hour mark in the third-round tie at the County Ground from a parried Juan Mata shot.
Torres then played provider, with some quick footwork and a perfectly-weighted pass he set up Ramires for the Blues second.
Former Chelsea midfielder Wise watched the game for and believes Torres' performance shows he's eager for his spot in Jose Mourinho's starting XI.
"Tonight, Fernando Torres showed he wants to fight for his place," said Wise. "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."
Natural goal scorer
Torres scored 23 goals in all competitions for Chelsea last season, but only eight of those came in the Premier League and resulted in the striker coming under scrutiny from fans.
Wise believes Torres, who joined Chelsea for £50million in 2011, showed strong signals he is back to his best in the game on Tuesday night.
"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."