Terry hails Chelsea team-mate Anelka

Anelka has managed to score 13 goals so far this season and is the leading goalscorer in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old scored two goals against West Brom at the weekend.

He said: “We soaked up a lot of pressure from West Brom early on and hit them on the counter-attack with three goals.

“Anelka has been, and is, the saviour for us at the moment with Didier having been out and only just coming back from injury.

“For me Anelka is in the best form of his career. He is in great form and getting the goals as well. He is top scorer in the Premier League and long may it continue.

“He relishes playing down the middle. He relishes the likes of Flo (Florent Malouda) and Coley (Joe Cole) and Salomon Kalou on either side of him.

“It gives him the chance to play in between the two centre-halves and on the shoulders of them because the two opposition full-backs are getting stretched all the time by the wide men.”

He added: “When we signed him I said thank God you are here because I used to hate playing against him.

“He was always playing on my shoulder, and a great finisher as well.”