Since 1998, John Terry has stood at the centre of defence for Chelsea, and although his time with the club is doubtlessly drawing ever closer, the Blues should be careful not to let go of their long-time captain too soon.
With Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth eyeing a potential loan bid to bring Terry to the South coast until the end of the season, Chelsea may be forced into making a decision on whether to let go of their captain.
At 36 years of age, John Terry is no spring chicken, but for what he lacks in youth, he makes up for in experience. Although not getting into the starting XI for Chelsea at the moment, due to the team’s great results in recent weeks, Terry has undoubtedly been playing an important role behind the scenes. With years of knowledge behind him, Terry can still play a key role for the club in its bid to win a fifth Premier League title and beyond.
Whether it’s helping new players settle in or offering support in training, Terry doesn’t need to be on the pitch to help Chelsea in a positive way. In an interview, earlier in the season, Blues youngster Charly Musonda spoke about Terry and said: “He’s a player who watched the youth games a lot. Even today, he’s in touch with me, with other young players, because he’s at the same club. He always gave me advice to be confident.”
In Terry, Chelsea have an invaluable gem. Having spent his entire career at the club, no one knows Chelsea better than John Terry. As former Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher put it:
“Chelsea shouldn’t be looking at Terry and thinking about what he will offer to the team over the 10 months of the season. They should look at the next 10 years.”