So over on the Football Fancast website, my good friend Chris Norman and I have decided to blog head to head on all issues Chelsea. This week, the first in the series, we cover John Terry and the "let's hope he's not going to City" debate.
My side (I lost the coin flip) was that he doesn't, he's too valuable to the club to put a price on his head and here is what I said:
One of the advantages of having an owner who ranks among the richest people in the world and who's willing to bankroll a club to trophy after trophy is that on the occasion another team comes in and bids for a player, and in this case a great player at that, there is little pressure or indeed reason, to accept.
John Terry, who lest we not forget is just as fine a central defender as he is a leader, is completely irreplaceable as Chelsea captain. Often heard complaints such as he's a bully with the turning circle of the QE II (and the speed to match) should not be listened to. He has a lack of pace, admittedly, but anticipates the game brilliantly. He knows how to defend and he's also a threat going forward.
More importantly in some respects is that he commands the dressing room at Chelsea in a way that gets the team playing well, even when the team is not playing well, so to speak. His ability to lift spirits and demonstrate by doing is something very few players have. What's more is that he is the organiser of the defence; he communicates with other players, sets how high the back four plays and arranges defensive set pieces.
Man City can come in and offer £60-80 million and although Chelsea have ready made replacements (except when it comes to homegrown players for UEFA competitions, which would become very tricky without him) at his position the club doesn't have a ready made 'heroic JT' nor does it actually need the money.
If Ricardo Carvalho ends up leaving the club, that would leave Alex and Branislav Ivanovic as the first choice partnership with only Michael Mancienne as back up. Still a good pairing, but it just doesn't look as good without Terry does it?
Furthermore, a glance at the City first team sees these names; Given, Richards, Bridge, Kompany, Barry, Ireland, Robhino, Adebayor and several other handy players. A Citizens team with Terry at the back clearly looks like a side capable of challenging the top four. The race for the title is becoming more and more of a dog-fight, even without the other half of Manchester. Do Chelsea really want another mutt at the table?
Chelsea reportedly still have a budget in the region of £40 million to spend, along with a few assets to be offloaded. With such a comprehensive squad already, who is there left to buy for £100 million anyway?
Please forgive my lack of blogging in recent weeks, head on over and vote for my clearly superior reasoning! Jokes aside, I hope you enjoy both pieces.