John Terry is willing to beg Jose Mourinho to pick him for Chelsea’s two remaining Premier League games this season, as it means he’ll be given the opportunity to break his personal record for goals scored in one campaign.
So far this year the Blues’ legendary skipper has played every single minute of football and in that time has bagged himself five domestic goals.
The opener he netted against Liverpool at the weekend allowed him to surpass the record held by ex-Everton defender David Unsworth for Premier League goals scored by a defender - which stood at 38 - but now he’s vying to reach another landmark.
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All in all Terry has eight goals across all competitions this season, which happens to be level with his personal best.
Scoring just one more in the two remaining fixtures against West Brom and Sunderland would see him achieve a new tally and, given that under previous boss Rafael Benitez it was claimed that he was too old to play the pivotal role he was used to, that’s no mean feat.
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The player himself revealed to Chelsea TV - as per ESPN - that he is desperate to get the nod in the games to come so as to complete the season with a perfect minutes record under his belt. With Mourinho sure to be chopping and changing in a bid to experiment now that the league is won though, Terry knows it’s not guaranteed.
Desperate to play
"Looking for one more to beat [my best]," Terry said.
"Two games to go. I'm fit. Hopefully I play in both. I'll be begging the manager to let me play.
"Two games, we need to keep winning and keep pushing on."
Changing of the guard
If the debut made by Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the weekend was anything to go by then Mourinho is serious about giving his young guns a taste of Premier League football before the season is out. That could mean a host of senior squad members are either rotated or rested, though most of them might be thankful for the time off given that the games to play are essentially dead rubbers.
Terry though has an incentive to cap off what has been a fantastic season with two more appearances. At 34 he’s certainly edging towards the end of his career, but so long as he remains capable of marshalling what has been a brutally efficient Blues back-line, there really isn’t any need to start worrying about life once he hangs up his boots.
Of course Mourinho, ever the master of preparation, won’t see it that way, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to witness him slowly introduce the man he thinks is Terry’s long-term replacement sooner rather than later.
Kurt Zouma could be the ideal candidate given how impressive he’s been when given chances this year, although Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is sure to remain the apple of The Special One’s eye.
Chelsea fans, should Terry be given the last two games to try and net a record goal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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