Back from the Dead

Vote: Should Andriy Shevchenko get regular football at Chelsea next season?

Ukrainian flop is back on the scene, complete with dodgy haircut

Andriy Shevchenko

When Chelsea beat the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, a vaguely familiar gentleman took to the pitch in a blue number seven shirt. The snazzy new blonde haircut had us fooled for a little while, but when The Spoiler saw him fluff all three of his goalscoring chances we soon realised the mystery man was Andriy Shevchenko, who is set to spend the final twelve months of his four-year contract back at the Bridge.

When Jose Mourinho lost interest in putting Shevchenko in the Chelsea team – the Portuguese manager became increasingly suspicious that the Wentworth resident had moved to England to satiate his love of golf – the Ukrainian was shipped back to AC Milan, the club where he enjoyed the kind of form that warrants a £31m transfer fee. On his return to the San Siro, however, Sheva failed to live up to his reputation, netting a grand total of zero league goals.

His appearance in Washington on Saturday may suggest Carlo Ancelotti intends to put the out-of-form hitman back into rotation at Chelsea, or at the very least, give him the kind of fleeting appearances he enjoyed endured in Milan last season.

So, should the former Ballon D’or winner be given the chance to earn some of his hefty wages on the pitch in 2009/10, or will the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Franco Di Santo keep him fixed firmly to the fringes of the Chelsea squad? Perhaps they should try and cash in on him this summer before he walks away as an expensive white elephant in 2010 (if anyone will take him, that is)?

Let us know your thoughts below…

25 responses so far
  • Chelsea4eva // July 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Shevchenko is one of the best strikers in the world, ever! His class is permanent. He is a living legend. At the moment Chelsea can not have a bigger name. He should be no 1 striker this season, and he will be!

  • Graham M // July 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    It has to be up to Ancelloti. If he performs better than other strikers in training then he should play if not he should stay on the sidelines and the youngsters be given a chance.

  • Wiredup // July 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Chelsea have bought some dogs at inflated prices in their time, Veron for one, but Shevchenko has got to be one of the worst buys ever. He only came to London because his wife wanted to large it up there. He made it clear from day one his heart had stayed with “Milano”. It was obvious at the world cup he was past it. Get rid of him. If no one wants him, let him clean boots.

  • laurie // July 20, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Most embarrassing confession of the day: I was at this game (albeit in a 300 level seat) on Saturday. My son kept asking, “Who’s the blond guy?” and I kept saying, “I have no idea. He didn’t play for them last year.”

    Seriously, that was Sheva?!?!

    I am hanging my head in shame.

  • Adam // July 21, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Andriy Shevchenko still plays for Chelsea? What the hell!

  • Alex // July 21, 2009 at 8:15 am

    “He only came to London because his wife wanted to large it up there.”
    Why do you think so? Because newspapers wright about it?
    He is best in Ukraine’s team, so why he don’t play at Chelsea?
    Sorry for my english…

  • Phoenix // July 21, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Remember Anelka several years ago in some Turkey club? All experts nearly forgot about him.

    And what did they say after comeback to Chelsea?
    Never say never…

  • Dima // July 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Sheva Ukraine with you! You in oure hurts!
    Please , give him a chance to rediscover his form !

  • kerlomakrs // July 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

    fuck off! sheva – the best

  • Ruslan // July 21, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Sheva the best. Chelsi is a command of not his level.

  • AWEA // July 21, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Пусть идет в Динамо Киев
    Let him go to the Dynamo Kiev

  • toha // July 21, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Very nice read this article))
    As to Sheva, it all depends on which formation Ancelotti plays. If it’s two up front as we saw with Seattle then Chelsea needs 4 strikers in the squad. But if it’s three up front two being wingers, as has always been ther case before, than Anelka, Drogba and Sturridge are enough.

  • Statsky Sovetnik // July 21, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Sorry, but he will never walk alone! ))))))

    He lives forever in our hearts!

  • Statsky Sovetnik // July 21, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Андрей, мы верим в тебя! возрождайся! талант есть талант. он просто….не исчезает!

  • Statsky Sovetnik // July 21, 2009 at 10:35 am

    а ежели папа карло и остальные будут кобениться….читай пост номер 11…там тебя всегда примут с радостью….кем бы ты не пришел, игроком или тренером (Сережа Ребров уже там!)

  • Martina Hingis // July 21, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Andriy one of the best striker in the history of football! I always supported him! The tremendous person with improbable soul and heart. I expect new feats from you. And, by the way, your tennis abilities simply excellent)))!

  • FUCK_OFF // July 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    …ну пусть ещё годок побегает за челсюков…моменты пазапарывает…

  • AlexD // July 21, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    He has to redeem himself this year but I doubt he could do that with Chelsea. Kyiv is really his best bet right now, not to mention all the perks that his contract with his old team would come with – he has been guaranteed (by Dynamo’s coach) to never start a game on the bench and was offered a prestigious position with the club at the end of his career. Chelsea cannot top that!

  • Bay // July 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    It must be said he hardly played at Milan last year, let alone start a game.

  • BecKHAM // July 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Sheva u r Best of the Best!!!
    If Carlo give u some time i know u will score 20+
    Golden ball 2011 yours!!!

  • Oleg // July 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Андрей у каждого жизнь своя!!!!!
    Так про живи её достойно!!!!!

    P.S. Нечего и не кому не доказывай, ты уже всё доказал, просто наслаждайся любимой игрой, и тогда ею будет наслаждаться вся Украина и весь Мир!!!!!

  • UA rules // July 27, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Sheva was the best and he still is but he dont get enough of play time, like on Milan he started 2 in whole year, and other 10 times came out like in 70th minutes. I think he still get his great name back. WE LOVE U SHEVA!!!

  • vitsif // August 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    sheva scored really important and beautifull goals for chelsea for a little time he played.he could have scored much more if he had more time on the pitch,and his partnership with drogba worked really well,drobga scored 30 goals on the first season when sheva arrived,sheva is a team player and with help drobga scored most of his goals.shame that drogba did nod provide much service for sheva.

  • f1sh // August 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Drogba was given 2 (!!!) years to settle, he was the worst chelsea player in his 1st and 2nd season at chelsea, and Mourinho kept playing him, why? Because he signed him, and he kept trust in Drogba again and again without paying attention to all his missed chances game after game. I hate Mourinho for what he’s done to Sheva, he never showed confidence in him and never game him enough chances.
    Sheva didn’t do well in Milan mostly because Milan are not the same side he left, midfielders were 2 years older and Ancelotti became stagnated at the club, hopefully Sheva and Ancelotti can do wonders again, I truly hope so.

    And Sheva hasnot lost his ability his record for NT shows that.

  • football // August 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Nice post. i learned many more about the football from this post.
    thanks for posting.

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