At the end of the campaign, Chelsea stalwart John Terry will leave Stamford Bridge. The captain has been an integral part of the defence since establishing himself in the first team during the 2000-01 season but has not been offered a new contract after a hit-and-miss campaign.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom for Chelsea as there is a capable English replacement waiting in the wings – and he’s available.
John Stones was one of Jose Mourinho’s top targets at Chelsea and Antonio Conte, who is set to take over from interim manager Guus Hiddink at the end of the season, should consider moving for Stones this summer. The England international is one of the best upcoming talents in the country and already has plenty of Premier League experience under his belt. Chelsea could do much worse than the 21-year-old.
A scan of the betting markets with Oddschecker shows you how far Chelsea have fallen this season and they need to get back to their best with new players. Chelsea are expected to be one of the busiest clubs in the summer transfer window, especially with a new manager at the helm. Conte will be looking to put his own stamp on proceedings at Stamford Bridge and a marquee signing like Stones would help to make an immediate impact with Chelsea’s supporters.
And while Stones makes the odd mistake, he’s an impeccable prospect and could mature into England’s next big central defender. Chelsea might well be the right side to take Stones to the next level and, with a bit of luck, Stones could help the Blues win plenty of silverware as they look to dominate the English and European football landscape for the foreseeable future. With Stones at the heart of the defence alongside fellow starlet Kurt Zouma, they’ve got the basis for a strong, reliable defensive unit.