Chelsea (11/8 favourites – Premier League Outright) captain John Terry believes the signing of Radamel Falcao could prove to be a masterstroke by boss Jose Mourinho.

The Blues cruised to the title last term but, following the recent departure of Didier Drogba, Mourinho was keen to add another striker to his ranks.

A season-long loan for Falcao proved to be his solution, prompting a number of raised eyebrows from around the game after he struggled last year on loan at Manchester United.

His form prompted the Red Devils to avoid signing him permanently but with Monaco again keen to send him out on loan, Mourinho wasted little time in signing him up.

Despite the doubters, after facing him last season Terry says he fully understands why the boss went for Falcao as a replacement for Drogba.

Although Diego Costa will still be first choice, the Blues’ European and Cup commitments mean the 29-year-old is certain to see plenty of action and, ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield against Arsenal (Match Betting – Arsenal 7/4, draw 12/5, Chelsea 6/4), Terry has backed him to play an important role this season.

“I honestly think Falcao is going to be a top, top player,” he said. “When we played against him at the Bridge in April, after about 10 minutes, I said to Gary Cahill, ‘We’ve got to be on it today – he’s right up for it’.

“He was hungry, he was sharp and he has been showing that in training since he has joined us.

“For me, him and Harry Kane

[Tottenham] were the best players I came up against last season. Literally after two minutes of that game, he was backing in, showing the movement as well We are delighted to have him here.”