John Terry

Player Profile: John Terry
Player Profile: John Terry

John George Terry is the most successful captain to ever have led out a Chelsea team. He joined Chelsea at the age of 14, playing for the club’s youth and reserve teams. He moved from a midfielder to a center-back due to shortage of defenders.

He made his debut on the 28th of October 1998 in a Leage Cup tie with Aston Villa as a substitute. He soon established himself as the first team member from the 2000-2001 season where he was voted as Chelsea’s Player of the Year. Under Marcel Desailly’s mentorship , he became better and better. After the Frenchman’s emotional retirement, Jose Mourinho chose John Terry as the captain of the team.

The club broke records in spectacular fashion as they clinched back to back title after 50 years, as the media praised Mourinho and Terry’s fantastic leadership skills. Terry was a regular at the back, as he formed a formidable partnership with Ricardo Carvalho, who turned Stamford Bridge into an absolute fortress.

In the 2006-2007 season, he signed a new five year contract .

On the 9th of May 2010, he captained Chelsea as they won their fourth Premier League title with a crushing 8-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge. He then had his most prolific season with 7 goals in the 2011/2012 season.

Strengths – One of the best readers of the game in the world. A 50 % fit John Terry is better than a 100% fit Italian defender, is how Ray Wilkins puts it. Wins almost every aerial challenge and is very commanding apart from being a natural leader. He is a fighter, who often hides his injuries from the medical team to play for the club.

Weaknesses – He lacks any kind of pace. His ability to easily get into scandals is also a problem.

Career high – Winning back to back Premier League titles with Chelsea will forever be the best thing John Terry has ever achieved as he himself puts it.

Career low – Missing the decisive penalty by slipping against Manchester United in the 2008 Champions League final held in Moscow.

Style – Physical, aggressive and to the point. A typical born and bred English defender.

Quotes – “For John Terry, dying on the pitch would be an honour. You’d have to kill him and he might still play.” – Scolari on John Terry

Trivia – Trivia: Terry still has his shirt from the losing 2008 Champions League final, which he kept in a separate cabinet in his trophy room as a constant reminder of his desire to win the competition.