Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that Radamel Falcao and Harry Kane were the hardest two strikers he faced in the Premier League last season, insisting that the former would be a ‘top player’ for the Blues.
Falcao signed a season-long loan deal from AS Monaco despite the fact many believed he under-performed last term at Manchester United, and Jose Mourinho has a task on his hands getting him back to his best.
Falcao and Kane the best
Terry though believes that the Falcao who plies his trade at Stamford Bridge will be a far cry from the one who toiled at Old Trafford, claiming that he didn’t face anyone better than the Colombia international over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.
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"Literally after two minutes, he was backing in," said Terry, as per the Daily Mail.
"He did the same to Gary Cahill. The movement as well was excellent. For me, him and Harry Kane were the best players I came up against [last season].
"We had a little tussle on the floor 10 to 15 minutes later. He was up for it, was hungry and his movement and first touch were excellent. You get that feel as well. You can tell after a couple of minutes ... it's: 'I'll give a bit and he'll give a bit'.
"I just thought he was up for it that day and Gary felt the same. We are delighted to have him here because he's a top, top player."
Big praise from Terry
That’s high praise indeed considering some of the strikers that Terry came up against last term, and given his extensive experience playing opposite the world’s best players it can be assumed he knows what he’s talking about.
And yet there remains plenty of sceptics over Falcao’s possible credentials as a Chelsea player, with last year’s drab form serving as a weight around his neck.
The 29-year-old needs to find his feet quickly in west London if he’s to silence doubters, although a partnership with old Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa is sure to help matters.
Meanwhile it’s unsurprising that Terry pinpointed Kane as another difficult man to mark. The England international was mesmerising during his breakthrough season at White Hart Lane, notching 31 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions, including two against Chelsea back in January.
The 22-year-old will once more be expected to lead Spurs as they attempt to get themselves back into top four contention, although it’s safe to say he’ll be in the shop window if he enjoys yet another stellar season and his club are unable to better last term’s 5th placed finish.
Chelsea will of course be setting their sights considerably higher, with the addition of Falcao having given Mourinho another option up top. If the Monaco man can find his shooting boots then the Blues may just boast two of the best forwards in the world.
If he can’t, then Falcao might just begin to feel his career at the highest level slipping away from underneath him, irrespective of how good Terry says he is.
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