John Terry hails arrival of Eto'o

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Chelsea defender John Terry has paid tribute to Samuel Eto’o following the striker’s arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Cameroonian international swapped Russia for the Premier League in August, and his arrival gave manager Jose Mourinho the opportunity to send Romelu Lukaku out on loan on deadline day.

It also means Eto’o will compete alongside Fernando Torres and Demba Ba for a starting spot in the Blues line-up, and the skipper is delighted to have another high quality player at the club’s disposal.

However, he’s under no illusions that it will take both the forward and Willian time to settle into life at the highest level in England.

“He's looked really sharp in training so far, and so has Willian,” Terry told Chelsea TV.

“You speak to them and they talk about how the intensity of their training (in Russia) is a lot different to how it is here, so for sure it will take them a few weeks to get their full fitness, but once they do they'll both look very good.”

On Eto'o specifically, Terry is particularly pleased to have the former Anzhi Makhachkala star on the books so that he won't have to come up against him anytime soon.

“I said to him (Eto'o) thank god you're here because I've had so many battles against him. He's such a threat, he's obviously a few years older but he still looks very sharp and hungry," he added.

“He's got an eye for goal and I think he'll be a good addition, he was welcomed straight into the squad.”

Eto'o is immediately in contention to face Everton away this weekend, although the centre back's quotes suggest he's more likely to feature off the bench.

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