When a Chelsea fan looks back and thinks about their team’s most valued captains of all time, the name of John Terry indisputably occurs to them first.
The current Chelsea leader stands tall at the age of 34. His ways of getting better with age have been the highlight of his Chelsea career in the past few years. The former England International has never had better playing form than the ongoing season of 2014-15.
In the modern age of physical football, John Terry had established himself as a true adapter ever since he started in Chelsea’s squad back when he joined in 1997 and until his most recent game.
This article throws light on John Terry’s commitment to Chelsea Football Club, why he deserved to get his contract renewed and also how he should still be deemed the no. 1 center-back choice for his country.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN TERRY – SPECIAL MOMENTS AND HON’BLE MENTIONS
EARLY PHASE (1997-2003)
John Terry, 2002
The year 1997 in the history of Chelsea F.C. witnessed the arrival of a 14-year-old boy who has been with The Blues when he was initially a medium-build midfielder. Filling in as youth team centre-back one day due to a lack of alternatives, he has never looked back, aided by a rapid growth in physical stature.
He won Best Young Chelsea Player in ’98, which was to be followed by Best Chelsea Player in 2001, when he became a club regular.
2002 saw his rise to success and become permanent Vice Captain for his club, but he still hadn’t received the opportunity to play for his country.
And finally in 2003, the national team manager Sven-Goran Eriksson rewarded the defender by bringing him on at half-time in an end-of-season friendly against Serbia & Montenegro, which marked the start of an illustrious/controversial England career.
AT HIS PEAK (2004-2012)
Terry played a significant role in Chelsea’s 2010 FA Cup victory
“I’m as committed as ever to helping drive Chelsea forward and I’ll be proud to lead the team for as long as I can.” – John Terry, 2009 (when he was speculated to join Man City)
Following Desailly’s retirement, new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho chose Terry as his club captain, a decision that proved to be beneficial for Chelsea’s success till date.
His ways of neutralizing any sort of threatening situations created by the opposition only complements his instructive behaviour towards his fellow defenders and defensively-attributed midfielders alike.
Terry has netted the highest number of goals for Chelsea, and beats every other Blue defender in the club’s history in that respect with a staggering 63 goals in 635 appearances in all competitions. Every Chelsea supporter knows how crucial each and every John Terry goal proved to be for their team.
Internationally, John Terry has scored 6 goals in 78 appearances for the England national team before announcing his retirement post-Euro 2012: what was the end of a memorable career, to say the least.
El Capitano’s personal accolades account for very little when compared to the difference he makes in his team’s defence.
- Chelsea Young Player of the Year (1998)
- Chelsea Player of the Year (2001, 2006)
- Chairman’s Award (2002)
- PFA Player of the Year (2005)
- UEFA’s Most Valuable Defender (2005, 2008, 2009)
- Chelsea Special Commitment Award (2002)
WHY CONTRACT RENEWAL WAS A NECESSITY
The reality in today’s Chelsea management seems as though we are looking for new and young defensive replacements, but veteran Terry has surely got some juice left in him – enough for him to last at least another season in blue.
Having taken that into account, the Blues signed a 1-year contract extension with him last month.
Terry, in the EPL this season has won 33 tackles with a success rate of 66%. He has made 21 interceptions, 162 clearances and 23 blocks.
In modern day football, we see players hanging their boots at the average age of 35. But when a player is continually performing amazingly well, he deserves every opportunity to play, and keep playing for his club and country until HE decides it’s time to quit.
John Terry belongs to the latter category. With his performances and guidance offered to aspiring young players like Zouma, Ake, Christensen and Varane(?) in the future, Terry is an absolute necessity in the Chelsea squad, period.
OH, TERRY, ENGLAND NEEDS YOU BACK!
When the legend gave up his international career, one Phil Jagielka earned a near-permanent spot in the England starting-11 after having been named in the 2014 World Cup squad.
England were unbeaten in 11 competitive matches in which Jagielka has played in (won 8 and drawn 3),
A LITTLE ABOUT JAGIELKA:
Currently at 32, Phil Jagielka has been one of the more consistent defenders in Everton’s history. He has a good overall defensive record, is average in height (183 cm) and is an average aerial threat.
Jagielka, in this EPL season, has won 35 tackles with a success rate of 59%. He has made 46 interceptions, 300 clearances and 30 blocks.
Now, comparing this season’s stats for both players, it is seen that Jagielka has been a little more successful. But what he lacks is the ability to ‘jockey’ the opposing player on the ball, which often leads to pressurizing the attacker and thus forcing him to make a nonthreatening pass back.
This is where Terry shines.
Jagielka has scored 3 goals in 35 appearances for his country, but Terry had been the heartbeat of England’s defence up until his retirement. Often unsung are Terry’s international contributions. Here is an unforgettable moment where Terry showed his true potential while playing for his country:
Terry played in all four of his country’s games at his second World Cup, supplying a rare memorable moment in that tournament when he attempted a diving horizontal block, with his head, a mere foot off the ground against Slovenia.
In March 2011 he was reappointed England captain on a full-time basis by Capello, but had the armband removed once more a year later. He played every game in England’s Euro 2012 campaign, impressing as one of the standout performers, but it proved to be his final tournament for the national team.
[SOURCE: OFFICIAL CHELSEA WEBSITE]
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi