Replacing John Terry was always going to be a difficult ask, but Marcos Alonso has revealed the three Chelsea players who have attempted to do just that.
Following 19 years as a first-team player for the west London outfit, the defender decided it was time to move on departed on a free transfer in the summer of 2017 which left a huge void within the squad.
One of the key players behind the Blues’ success in the past decade, Terry was the leader on and off the pitch.
In Terry’s first season after departing Stamford Bridge, Gary Cahill wore the captain’s armband and was given the honour of lifting the FA Cup at Wembley back in May with that 1-0 win over Manchester United.
However, new head coach Maurizio Sarri is yet to name his captain even though the season is over a month old.
With that said, Alonso’s admission as to which trio have played the role of dressing room leaders since Terry’s exit might influence the Italian tactician’s final decision.
“John Terry used to do this very well. In my first year he was very good for us even if he didn’t play that much,” Alonso told the club’s official website when asked ‘Who is good at lifting morale after defeat?’
“Off the pitch he played a huge part in us winning the title and I think now Fabregas, Azpi and David Luiz are all good characters in the changing room.”
Terry spent one season in the Championship with Aston Villa, making 35 appearances as they reached the play-off final only to be beaten 1-0 by Chelsea’s west London rivals Fulham.
What the future holds for Terry, who is a free agent, remains to be seen but he won’t be reuniting with former Blues teammate Frank Lampard at Derby County.
“I brought in [Fikayo] Tomori as we need some youth to help us there. It simply was a door that wasn’t really open. We had to cut the wage bill,” the Rams boss told Sky Sports .
“So listen, I’ll say it again because I don’t want it to look like it’s not a choice of John Terry – I would take John Terry all day, every day.
“But we have to think about the wage bill, the players we’ve got and the priority of the squad. It’s as simple as that.
“John will be brilliant at whatever he does. The choices should be and will be his now, when you’re a legend of the game and work so hard, he can play on, do media, he can manage, and he’ll do it very well.”