When news of Chelsea's bids for Torres and Luiz were first in the wind, there was a moment on the pitch that either proved the need for these new players or showed that the incumbents had taken their impending replacement badly.
The FA Cup fourth-round tie against Everton provided evidence that Chelsea were far from the team they were last season.
I, for one, think that drop in form was directly related to the news of new players coming in.
And now John Terry has bluntly made the point that Chelsea are far better now that Torres is in harness.
I wonder how Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka have taken that suggestion, then?
Terry is essentially saying that their long-serving players were not up to the job anymore and he is glad that they are no longer having to be relied on!
That would be hard to take from a journalist or blogger, but for your own club captain to make that point is surely a criticism too far.
I, for one, expect Drogba to be playing somewhere else next season, but for now, he remains part of the squad that Carlo Ancelotti hopes to use to win something, perhaps even the Champions League.
For Terry and Ancelotti's sake, I hope Torres remains fit and has a better attitude than he has had for almost a year now, as they may have to turn to the soon-to-be cast-off players like Drogma and Anleka for the goals they will need for success.
But perhaps not, if John Terry is to be believed, as they aren't good enough, are they?