Steve Welcomes Teddy

Steve Lomas welcomes the signing of Teddy Sheringham - and hopes that Sergei Rebrov will soon follow.

Teddy was introduced to his new team mates at Chadwell Heath on Wednesday upon their return from Sweden.

"Teddy is a great player and from a midfielder's point of view he is always that one that drops a little bit deeper and he plays it simple, which is nice," says Steve.

"You known that if you give it you are probably going to get it back - he likes to share the ball about a bit and it is good from that point of view.

"He is a fit guy and people go on about his pace but he has never had any - he has a quickness of brain.

"He can add that little bit of quality that we need in terms of unlocking defences this year.

"In terms of the overall squad we have had a lot of experienced players leave in the last year and a half, so this is a good acquisition."

As for Teddy's former Spurs team mate Sergei Rebrov, who lives in Chigwell and is currently training with West Ham, Steve says:

"If you look at his pedigree before he went to Tottenham every club in Europe was looking at him.

"You don't ultimately get that bad over a period of time, though obviously you can lose confidence not playing.

"Hopefully he might show something the gaffer is looking for; him and Shevchenko were one of the best partnerships in Europe.

"I have always been a firm believer that if you are looking to get out of this division you need at least four strikers.

"People say it is hard to keep people happy but if you are winning and doing well every week that takes care of itself."

Steve is delighted to have come through the pre-season tour of Sweden unscathed despite his swashbuckling style, after last season was hampered by injury problems, and his wish is to go through the whole campaign without any more setbacks.

"That would be lovely," he says.

"To play 50 games would be nice but whether that is the case or not we will see - I would certainly like to get through the whole campaign."