John Terry has been 'Mr Chelsea' for a number of years now, organising the Chelsea back line and midfielder like a general would his army.
He has had some big moments when he has pulled the Chelsea team through when they needed an extra push. They talk about the fans being the twelve man, but John Terry for Chelsea is all 12 men.
But more recently, cracks are beginning to appear in his career and there are tell tale signs that he is losing his place in the Chelsea squad.
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SUBSTITUTION AGAINST MANCHESTER CITY
Terry was subbed off for the first time under Jose Mourinho against Manchester City at the Etihad in their 3-0 defeat.
Mourinho told BBC Sport that his decision was made down to tactics and that Kurt Zouma “has to play.”
This is the first time Terry has been substituted since a game at Aston Villa in May 2013. These statistics and the tactical decision must be a worry for John Terry, who is so used to seeing the whole game out and being ‘Mr Dependable’ for Chelsea.
With Gary Cahill impressing week in, week out, and Zouma emerging in the squad, the Chelsea captain must be wondering how long he can keep his place in the Mourinho squad.
SENDING OFF AGAINST WEST BROMWICH ALBION
So a week after his substitution, John Terry was sent off for hauling down new Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon.
He was outpaced and outclassed and it has provided Jose Mourinho with a further problem to ponder. This is the first time John Terry has ever failed to finish back to back Premier League games in which he was one of the starting eleven.
This is not the tiniest of problems, unlike the fun made of Terry’s shin pads after he left the field and something Jose Mourinho has to figure out quickly before it threatens to hand Manchester City a more convincingly lead in the Premier League.
PAST BEHAVIOUR COMING BACK AGAIN
Of course Terry, like so many others in the Premier League is no angel and has had his fair share of issues on the field which has called into question his ability to be playing for Chelsea at the highest level.
In the 2012 Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, John Terry was sent off for kneeing Alexis Sánchez in the back for no apparent reason, which resulted in a three match ban and a missed opportunity of appearing in his second Champions League final.
In the London derby, Terry was sent off for a second bookable offence three minutes after the first for a blatant trip on Gareth Bale. A similar pattern emerges with Terry being outpaced and showing his lack of pace.
He has a history of silly fouls and moments of madness, which all players have. Terry still has a lot to offer Chelsea but to continue playing at the top level and retain the captaincy he needs to learn new ways of dealing with the quicker pace of the game.