Chelsea news: John Terry is amongst the greatest defenders to ever play in the English Premier League.
The Englishman joined the Blues youth academy in 1995 before making his professional debut for the club in 1998. He played 492 league games during his 19-year stay as a professional footballer at Stamford Bridge, scoring 41 goals
He helped the Londoners win five English Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three Football League Cups, two FA Community Cups, along with one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Europa League trophy. Terry was included in the Premier League Team of the Season on four separate occasions and also won the PFA Players’ Player of the Season during the 2004-05 season. The now 41-year old also won the UEFA Club Defender of the Season three times.
Terry left the Blues to join Aston Villa in 2017, where he spent a season before retiring in 2018. The Barking-born depender also spent three seasons as an assistant manager to Mike Dean at Villa between 2018 and 2021.
Chelsea news: John Terry names the ‘incredible’ wasted talent at Stamford Bridge
Former Chelsea defender John Terry named Rob Woolaston as the greatest teammate who failed to fulfil his potential. He said(via Sports Bible): “Probably a boy called Rob Woollaston at Chelsea. He was like a midfielder/winger, had so much ability. I still know Rob now, but mentally didn’t have that to go and push himself.
According to Terry, Woolaston came close to breaking into Blues first-team under manager Rudd Gullit. But he failed to prepare himself mentally to grab the opportunity.
He got chosen to train with the first team at a really young age, 17 or 18, did really well and Gullit told him he was going to play in the first team in a cup game.
“He then phoned up on the day of the game and said he was sick. All of us, if we were sick or felt like we were at the end of the world, we would have still gone and played the game, we wouldn’t have given up that opportunity. He had actually done it two or three times and he was just not mentally ready for the game, but ability-wise, incredible.”
Wollaston is relatively unknown to football fans and last seen playing for non-league club Harrow Borough back in 2012.
After staying at the top of the Premier League table for several weeks, Chelsea dropped to third place after a 3-2 defeat against West Ham United on Saturday. They are now two points behind the league leaders, Manchester City.
The Londoners will next play Zenit in Europe before facing Leeds United at home in the EPL on December 11.