Chelsea Skipper John Terry Expects New Signings Samuel Eto'o and Willian to Take Time to Get Acclimatized to the English Premier League

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Sep 13, 2013 02:27 AM EDT
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Chelsea veterans John Terry and Frank Lampard during a training session ahead of their Europa League semifinal second leg against Basel, May 1"


Chelsea skipper expects new signings Willian and Samuel Eto'o to take some time before getting used to their new club.

The duo switched from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala late in the summer transfer window and have taken some time to get up to speed on the training sessions implemented at Chelsea.

Terry though, does expect some great things, especially from Eto'o, who he is glad is in his team.

"He's (Eto'o) 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.

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

With Chelsea fighting for titles on several platforms, games are bound to come thick and fast and Terry is confident the new signings will get their opportunity sooner rather than later, even if it might not be in the English Premier League at Everton on Saturday.

"We have a lot of games coming up and, looking at the Swindon one, I said to them it's maybe an opportunity to impress the manager and maybe get on the bench or start in those kind of games," he added.

"When they come over they can be intimidated, but it's important they express themselves and give themselves the best opportunity for these games.

"Nowadays you have to be exceptional to break through; the talent's there, it's just about whether they have the hunger or not, and hopefully they have."

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