Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Dennis Wise was the best captain I had at Chelsea

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Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink claims he could see the potential in John Terry from the day of his very first training session, but picked Dennis Wise as the best captain he played with during his time at Stamford Bridge.

The 43-year-old Dutchman is now forging a career for himself in football management, and is currently learning the tools of his trade in the fourth tier of English football with League Two outfit Burton Albion.

Hasselbaink holds aspirations of one day coaching in the Premier League, the elite level division he previously lit up as a player following additional stints at Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic.

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The two-time Golden Boot winner also enjoyed a brief playing spell with Cardiff City, but its his time in west London the former Netherlands international is probably best remembered for - a time that Hasselbaink reflects is among the fondest memories of his career.

“I could see John Terry’s potential on my first day at Chelsea [in 2000] – because he kicked me in the first training session," he explained in an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph

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"I knew straight away he’d make a living out of the game. [But] Dennis Wise was the best captain I had because he looked after everybody.

"He always had the best interests of the players at heart. He was the first one to lead when things were going wrong and the last to show any weakness.”

Hasselbaink's stance might surprise some Chelsea supporters given the fact that Terry is the most successful skipper in the club's history, having led the Blues to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a UEFA Champions League.

He is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances and is also the club's all-time highest scoring defender.

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However, despite Terry's impressive individual and collective achievements over the past 11 years, it's Wise that stands out in the eyes of Hasselbaink because of his infectious personality and ability to maintain a great atmosphere in the Chelsea dressing room.

Jose Mourinho will certainly have something to say about the Burton boss' latest claim, particularly as it was he who handed the former England international the armband during his debut campaign as manager, following the retirement of Marcel Desailly in 2004. 

Chelsea fans: Who do you think is the greatest ever captain at Stamford Bridge? Have your say in the comment box below...

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