While the situation remains cloudy, it’s becoming increasingly apparent John Terry will be departing Chelsea in the summer. Blues fans have to accept their beloved captain may be leaving – somewhat prematurely, according to popular opinion.
However, fighting for Terry to stay may prove an unwinnable battle. Consequently, supporters must hope the club will spend big in the summer as the skipper’s boots will be incredibly hard to fill.
While no purchase would ever truly replace the club legend, if Chelsea are to kick on from a poor season, securing a substantial defensive acquisition may be the only way to ensure stability in the back four.
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Over the years, Terry has brought gusto and a gritty determination to the Chelsea back line that has seen him become a fan favourite. Whoever the Stamford Bridge side may turn to in the summer, these characteristics undoubtedly must be prerequisites.
Experience is also of paramount importance. Upon Terry’s departure, the club will become starved of established centre-halves, barring Gary Cahill.
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are very exciting prospects but the centre of defence requires a fine balance of experience and youth. Subsequently, Terry's successor must have a rounded footballing nous to steady the occasionally erratic traits of young players.
It quickly adds up. Chelsea will also want this defender to have sound positioning, athleticism and maybe even an eye for goal. The only way to attain such a talented player would be via flexing their financial muscle.
Dreaming of Thiago Silva or Sergio Ramos signing for Chelsea may seem fantastical but the Blues must show ambition if they desire success.
On the rise
Moreover, Chelsea’s recent resurgence provides further impetus to improve the squad. Besides, in not renewing Terry’s contract, their hand is practically forced.
Former pundit Alan Hansen’s immortal Match of the Day words in 1995 sum this up finely.
"The trick is always to buy when you’re strong."
Seeing as this is exactly what Chelsea failed to do last summer, the west London side must learn from their mistakes. With this in mind, the likely soon-to-be-vacant centre-half position is the perfect area to correct the wrongs of the last off-season transfer window.
The greatest teams are anchored by a strong back line and the Blues must bolster their defensive options if they want to continue their progress. Without Terry, the centre-back roster is simply not good enough for a club of such prestige.
Last summer saw the feeble signings of Michael Hector and Papy Djilobodji, whereas the coming transfer period should see more emphatic moves. If Chelsea want success to return to the Bridge, they need to stimulate their squad with new faces as soon as possible.
Although replacing what Terry means to Chelsea is almost impossible, the club must spend big to even come close to securing an adequate successor. The Blues should build while they’re on the up and add an experienced figure to partner the exciting Zouma.
After all, Chelsea certainly possess the financial clout to pull off some spectacular transfers.
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