John Terry is a man who needs no description. He is unarguably the best defender Chelsea have ever had and arguably the best defender of his generation.
The 33 years old is Chelsea’s skipper since last 10 years. As his career is reaching its twilight, we will see some defensive additions in Chelsea squad.
Let us scout some of the best defenders across Europe who can fill the unavoidable void at central defence when John Terry decides to end his Chelsea career. Best Possible replacements for John Terry could be from the following :
Laporte is a French international Basque boy who is just 20 years old a Golden Boy nominee and a regular starter for Spanish side Athletic Bilbao. Aymeric is a young and developing chap who is well known for his heading abilities. He is one of the best headers of the ball in la Liga, who has won 61% of his aerial duels till now. He is mature enough to
read the game and fast enough to outpace any attacker, he has the intellect to organize the defense line and set up an offside trap on top of all this he is also a very good long passer who delivers long balls with an average length of 24 meters.
Considering all his qualities and his age Laporte has the capacity to become a world class defender and maybe even one of the best. Man United is the only team which is scouting Amyeric. Hence, it will be quite easy for Chelsea to capture him.
Mustafi is 22 years old German international who has the experience of playing in under-19 EPL and Bundesliga, Serie A, la Liga and is also a world cup winner. He is currently playing for Spanish giants Valencia and is a very key player for the team. Till now he has scored 3 goals in 7 appearances all form set pieces.
Los Ches have conceded only 9 goals in 11 la Liga matches, and most of their clean sheets were achieved because of Mustafi. Shkodran is like a wall in the defense line and a nightmare for attackers. He is an excellent standing tackler and a brilliant sprinter who can catch any attacker. He is a versatile defender who plays as a front foot and back foot Center Back and also as a Right back.
We can say that Mustafi is a player with multiple defensive abilities. He possesses every quality that a Chelsea defender should have. It won’t be easy for the Londoners to sign Mustafi as he has recently joined Valencia.
Raphael Varane is a 21 years old French international who is currently playing for the Spanish giants Real Madrid as he became the center of attraction for many clubs after delivering top class performance in the season 2012-13.
The French man is regarded as a perfect defender who knows every trick in the book. He times his tackles and interceptions perfectly, is an excellent reader of the game who knows where the ball will be and where he should be, with the likes of his excellent passing skills and vision he has also got the capability to initiate a counter attack from the back, he is also a very good header of the ball and a superb tackler.
He is unarguably the best young defender and currently among top 5 defenders in the world. Varane is a defender of Mourinho’s choice as he was first scouted by him, and his major development took place under the guidance of Jose.
Raphael Varane will be a very good option to replace John Terry as all his qualities are somewhat similar to him. It will be very difficult for Chelsea to sign Varane as he as recently penned a new 5 years deal with the Los Blancos.
Edited By: Abhay Shenoy