With John Terry approaching the end of his illustrious career at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will need a new leader who, both on and off the pitch, can lead The Blues to further glories.
With vice captain Frank Lampard also uncertain about his long term future at the club, GMF picks out current Chelsea stars who have the ability to lead the side in the coming years.
Stylish defender David Luiz has often been touted as one of the leaders on the pitch. Although his performances are inconsistent for a top side like Chelsea, his potential cannot be undermined. At the age of 25, Luiz is yet to reach the peak of his career, but when he does, by gaining some more experience as Chelsea’s first choice centre half, there will be no match for the Brazilian.
Even currently, he is often seen as an inspiration by younger players in the squad and is looked up to with his ability to suffocate opponent's attacks both from midfield and defence being unique. He is often seen organising the defence in certain matches which see younger players like Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand trying to impress the Chelsea authorities of their qualities.
The potential is undoubted, though he needs to live up to it soon, which could be followed by big things for the Brazilian.
The creative mainstay of the team for quite some time now, Spanish international Juan Mata has all it takes to take over from John Terry as the captain of a new look Chelsea side. He has settled in well in London and by being an important member of the Champions League and FA Cup winning squads last season, he has the confidence to now lead Chelsea in front of any side in the world.
By captaining the under 21 Spain national side, which won the UEFA European Football Championship in 2011, Mata proved his leadership skills by leading them to the trophy. He was also selected in the team of the tournament and finished the competition with another two accolades namely Championship Golden Player and Championship Bronze Boot.
His two seasons at Chelsea have also seen him being showered with praise for his play making and natural ability to lead the attack with numerous assists and goals. Although at a very young age, Mata shows no signs of a poor attitude even with the biggest of trophies and awards credited to him.
His leadership skills and ability to handle tough situations has thus been well tested and the captaincy of Chelsea might not be far off from him after Terry’s eventual retirement.
The former Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa defender has made a great impact since joining the Londoners showing his class at the top most level. A courageous defender to say the least, Cahill has proved his ability to truly claim a first team place in front of an ageing Terry at certain stages in the season. His maturity as a team player is credible as he often shows with committed challenges and well calculated contributions in the form of goals.
At the peak of his career currently, the 27-year-old Englishman has the composure to lead any side he plays in. He always keeps his temperament in check, while his maturity in his style of defending always shows.
A no-nonsense defender on the pitch although he is let down at times with his concentration levels, Cahill is certain contender for the captaincy which will be up, as a matter of face disappointingly for Chelsea fans, for grabs in a season or two.
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