And What About Andriy Shevchenko?

Ramkumar SCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2009

SEATTLE - JULY 18:  Andriy Shevchenko #7 of Chelsea FC in action during the friendly match between Chelsea FC and Seattle Sounders FC on July 18, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. Chelsea FC defeated Seattle 2-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The rise and fall of Andriy Shevchenko has been all too well documented and this article will not attempt to do that yet again.

In this article, we shall discuss the impact of Shevchenko's new hair style. Just kidding; there will be a separate article for that. This article questions if Shevchenko can still make an impact in Chelsea.

As we all know, Shevchenko is down to his final year at Chelsea. His years at Chelsea have witnessed Shevchenko lose his speed and form as a result of seeing a lot of bench time and injuries.

Chelsea did try to help him out by hiring professionals to help him improve his speed and also sent Shevchenko back to Milan hoping that he can renew his lost form there.

That too did not work and Shevchenko is back with Chelsea.

The world football challenge is where we saw Shevchenko playing for Chelsea most recently. His display of hear and the way he was chasing after every ball was encouraging.

I do not know if he is injury free and is trying to get himself back into the first team, or was the opposition of such low quality or did not care enough to challenge him that he looked good.

Versus Reading, Shevchenko never featured, especially when Chelsea were down two goals and the substitutes turned out to be Kalou and Sturridge.

Perhaps a sign that the manager has no real plan for the Ukrainian, or coach Ancelotti thought it was more advantageous to let Kalou and Sturridge have a run?

Shevchenko still remains Ukraines best goal scorer; he still has not lost his natural insticts to score.

But such positives are lost in the long list of negatives.

Add to it the fact that we have two youngsters in Sturridge and Di Santo, who are keen to break into the first team, the fact that Chelsea attack is still being led by Drogba and Anelka—both of whom have signed contract extensions and the return to form of on-loan striker Claudio Pizzaro.

It is safe to say that the competition for chances to be a striker in the first team does seem intense. Does Shevchenko still have what it takes to challenge for a first team spot, even a substitute role ?

Can Chelsea still find use for Shevchenko, or has he crossed the line of no return?