Terry: Sheva is 'different class'
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Chelsea captain John Terry has paid tribute to new signing Andrei Shevchenko, stating the Ukrainian striker is ready to take The Premiership by storm.
The world class forward has been the biggest name to arrive in English football this season, with The Blues shelling out a massive £30 million to prise him from Serie A side Milan.
Shevchenko has been an unqualified success wherever he has gone in his career, from the youth ranks of Dynamo Kiev to the highest level in the UEFA Champions League, and Terry says his new team-mate is gearing up well for the new season.
"[He's] different class, it's the early stages of pre-season but he looks sharp, he looks fit," Terry told Chelsea TV.
"His finishing is unbelievable, it really is.
"He's a great lad as well, really smiley and friendly, a real nice bloke.
"He hasn't got a fault, I think that says it all.
"He has got everything basically. Hopefully his finishing is going to bag us a lot of goals."
Terry has been getting to know Chelsea's new arrivals during the club's pre-season tour to America, and with Michael Ballack, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou all looking to star in the coming campaign Jose Mourinho will be confident of retaining the Premiership trophy he has now won twice.
Addressing Ballack and Obi Mikel in particular, Terry warned the rest of The Premiership that the champions will have a physically imposing line-up as they attempt to reclaim their crown.
"He [Ballack] has had a few weeks holiday but is back and looks like he hasn't been away from football, he looked really good today," Terry added.
"He has a great touch, he's a massive player as well.
"He's massive as well [Mikel], we've brought in some big players this year physically, height, strength, they are really solid."