Andriy Shevchenko might have been a legend in Italy and AC Milan but in the English Premier League and Chelsea, the Ukrainian international is just anther foreigner who has failed to cut the grades. Of course, for anyone who has followed Sheva’s career from his days at Dynamo Kiev the notion that he is not world class is ridiculous, yet the harsh, naked truth is that Sheva is past his prime.
Yet the player still bleeds optimism. A Goal.com report quotes Sheva telling the Italian newspaper Corriera della Sera that he would like to get a decent stretch of matches to prove his worth. Shevchencko is pleased with his form so far this season but complains that a lack of continuity is impeding his rhythm and should he be let to feature in matches week in and week out, he would certainly exhibit his class and quality.
In my first year I scored 14 goals. Admittedly that is not the 30 I scored at Milan, but I did not do as badly as people were making out. The real problem is that I cannot find any continuity. I was doing well this season, scoring seven goals in my last 10 matches, but then I suffered a back injury and will be on the sidelines for a month. Before I am judged I would like to enjoy a decent run in the side now that I have adapted to English football. Italian football is about tactics and logic, whereas England is different, it is all about speed and instinct.
Sheva now has one more reason to worry. January signing Nicolas Anelka is arguably getting back into his old self and with Chelsea manager Avram Grant embracing the player signed only this week from Bolton Wanderers with open arms, Andriy Shevchenko may once again find himself out in the clod among the substitutes.