Name: John Terry
It has hardly been a vintage year for John Terry, as Chelsea’s startling slump from Premier League champions last season to mid-table this campaign has seen all but Willian’s reputations take a massive hit.
But there can be no denying that the club captain; adorned the titles of “Captain, Leader, Legend” at Stamford Bridge, remains one of the best centre-backs in England even at the ripe old age of 35, and he was a key figure in their title triumph last season.
Yet as Jose Mourinho’s tenure turned into mutinous rebellion and was finally ended back in December, it was Terry who epitomised the slump. Taken off against Manchester City at half-time as Chelsea were thrashed 3-0 at the Etihad back in August, talk returned of whether this will be the last stand of Chelsea’s only regular homegrown star.
That theory has had much more weight thrown behind it in recent weeks with the announcement that Terry is likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, barring a change in stance from whoever is named as the new manager after this season.
It would be a real shame for Chelsea fans to see their talismanic captain to see out his playing career in the USA or China, but that would not deter from the fact that Terry has been an inspirational leader for the club, and he wins the Blues’ BRIT award fairly comfortably.