John Terry, despite his many controversial off field antics, has been a fantastic captain for Chelsea Football Club.

He is a man who has won many battles on a football pitch, but one battle he won't win is his one against time.

Terry's contract runs out next summer, and there have been no guarantees as to whether the club will renew his deal.

Vice-captain Frank Lampard is reportedly set to leave this summer and the wrangling over Ashley Cole’s one-year extension mean it would be unsurprising if he were to depart once it ran out.

So it might be time for Chelsea to think about Terry's successor to wear the Blues’ armband.

Let's take a look at some of the candidates:

Petr Cech

Cech, like Terry, has been a fantastic servant for the club. He played a huge part in the UEFA Champions League victory in Munich last may, and has been at the club for nearly a decade.

Cech has been captain numerous times over the past two years when Terry and Lampard have been absent, so he would seem the natural choice. However, Cech turns 31 this year, and with the emergence of the promising Thibaut Courtois, will probably only be at the club for a year or two longer than Terry.

Last year he signed a contract extension until 2016, and he will probably be captain for the short time in between Terry's departure and the end of his contract. 

Pros: Fan favourite; first teamer.

Cons: Age.

 

David Luiz

Luiz has become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge and is certainly a focal point for Chelsea.

He is certainly at the right age – he turns 26 in April and would probably see him captain for at least five years. Currently he is a first teamer, which is vital for a captain.

One drawback is his lack of English; he is comfortable uttering the word ''Geezer'' with a cheeky smile and a wink but it is doubtful whether he currently possesses the required grasp, though this will improve with time. 

Pros: Fan favourite, first teamer, age.

Cons: Lack of English.

 

A Youngster

Chelsea currently possess two of the most promising English central midfielders in the country: Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah.

It is expected that these two will be in the first team in the next three years or so. They are both home-grown talents so this decision would go down well with the fans, and with the quality they have I expect in time they will be starters. 

Pros: Home grown, age, expected first teamer. 

Cons: Inexperience

 

Honourable mentions:

Other players I believe should be in with a chance include: Gary Cahill, Juan Mata, John Obi Mikel and Ryan Bertrand.

 

Verdict:

I believe Petr Cech should be Chelsea captain if he is at the club and John Terry is not.

I don't see this being a particularly long period of time, a year or two at most, and after this I believe the club should hand the armband to a promising youngster, echoing the decision to make Terry captain all those years ago. 

 

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