John Terry is probably feeling pretty down today. The whole world is talking about how Chelsea have, for the moment, snubbed the chance to keep him beyond the current campaign.
Unless he can rediscover his best form, Chelsea will release the 35-year-old defender in the summer, bringing an end to his 21-year association with the club.
Indeed, time stops for no man, not even a captain, leader and legend like Terry. And, just like time, Martin Keown does not care about the way Terry feels; he is happy to speak his mind regardless.
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The Arsenal legend, who now writes a column for the Daily Mail, was on his way out of the game when Terry was on the rise. They never played together for England and barely had a chance to face up to each other whilst playing for Arsenal and Chelsea.
But, as a pundit, Keown has had time to form an exceptionally strong opinion on Terry. Not only does he believe that it is now the right time for the defender to leave Stamford Bridge, but he also claims that his former Arsenal team-mate, Tony Adams, was better.
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Never a fan
"I've never been his biggest fan," he told the Daily Mail. "Chelsea need to change and bring in fresh blood. Maybe they need to remove any obstacles. I've not worked with him, but I wouldn't have been wholly comfortable with him as a teammate.
"I don't know how much I would have enjoyed working with him. I respect that people who played with him admired him. He was powerful in the dressing room, but was he too powerful? Nobody can question what he has achieved on the pitch — he is a Chelsea legend — but maybe he could have gone about some of it differently."
Asked to sum the former England captain in three words, Keown said: "Adams was better."
Premier League stay
But despite Keown's view that Terry's time at Chelsea is over, he readily admits that the 35-year-old could still contribute to another Premier League club.
He continued: "Managers will still try to take him. Mark Hughes tried to sign him for Manchester City and I'm sure there are managers who will think he can be persuaded to stay in the Premier League. Yes, he isn't the force of old. But he can still do a job."
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