This why John Terry has in order to be my No 1


An era is coming in order to an end after John Terry announced he will leave Chelsea in late the season.

I’ve voiced about his qualities many occasions in these pages, so in order to take a look at what he has additional to our game in the different way, I’ve decided in order to name my top 10 center backs who may have played in the particular Premier League.

This is some thing I’ve enjoyed compiling, because We’ve reflected on a wide variety of centre shells, but it has also a new bittersweet feel, given the frantically sad news of Ugo Ehiogu’s premature passing.

Chelsea captain John Terry has announced he will leave the club in the summer

Chelsea captain John Terry has introduced he will leave the membership within the summer

Former Tottenham Under 23 coach Ugo Ehiogu died on Friday after suffering a heart attack

Former Tottenham Under 23 coach Ugo Ehiogu died on Friday after struggling cardiovascular attack


My kind of defender, someone who would certainly put his body in front side of anything to stop the goal. It will not be neglected, though, what a great footballer he is and I understand from playing alongside him just how effortlessly he could ping the 60-yard pass with his still left foot.

During Jose Mourinho’s very first spell at Stamford Bridge, along with Terry commanding in the centre and Petr Cech in goal, it experienced almost impossible to score towards them.

Chelsea only conceded 15 goals in 2004-05 en path to the title and that will season signalled the beginning of five consecutive years of him being called in the FIFPro World XI.

He has won 16 main honours and kept 214 Leading League clean sheets.

Chelsea has been at the club since he was 14, and has been in the first team for almost 20 years

Chelsea has been at the particular club since he was 14, and has experienced the very first team for almost 20 years


The only reason this individual doesn’t top this list happens because I feel his best times were for the George Graham Arsenal sides who were crowned champions in 1989 and 1991, plus Terry is much better with the particular ball.

Still, Adams won 4 titles in three different years, which shows how he modified his game as the needs on central defenders changed.

The best evidence for that can be his famous left-foot half volley against Everton at Highbury in order to seal the title in 1998.


The best footballing central defender on this checklist. Ferdinand had the skill in order to be a midfielder which has been where he played when we all had our first battle within the 1996 FA Youth Mug final, when Rio was along with West Ham.

But don’t end up being fooled that his ability upon the ball affected his protecting. He ended his career along with 189 Premier League clean bedsheets. His partnership with Nemanja Vidic was one of the greatest in Europe throughout a spell whenever reached three Winners League finals in four yrs.

Rio Ferdinand is the best footballing central defender on this list of defenders

Rio Ferdinand can be the best footballing central opponent on this list of defenders


A man mountain. With regard to three years, before injury issues took hold, I wouldn’t possess wanted any other central opponent in the world in the team. He had everything: speed, power and aggression, and also capability on the ball.

He created among the best performances I’ve seen through a defender when City defeat in September 2013. City have spent hundreds associated with millions to find a companion or replacement for him, yet haven’t got close.

Kompany price £6million from Hamburg in 2008. It is the best move business that City have actually done.


Some may be surprised that this learn from the dark arts has used such a high place within my list but I believed this individual was brilliant. Carvalho was a good expert reader of the video game, excellent and cool on the particular ball, but also very intense.

I like the fact that will, with this problem, he wasn’t the highest or most physically imposing yet he always got the work done.

I called him the ‘magnet’ after one game among Liverpool and Chelsea because the particular ball kept being drawn in order to him. His partnership with Terry is the best I’ve observed in the Premier League.

Ricardo Carvalho was the master of the dark arts and his partnership with Terry was terrific

Ricardo Carvalho was the particular master of the dark artistry and his partnership with Terry was terrific


I might have loved to play alongside your pet and am almost did. Rafa Benitez thought he had signed Vidic in December 2005 but Stansted United came in and gazumped Liverpool.

Vidic was you should know Friend Alex Ferguson wrestled the name back from Mourinho in 2007. I was tempted to shift him higher up this checklist but I can’t forget a few of the games he suffered against Fernando Torres!


When Ferguson admits an error within selling a player, he should be good! I faced Stam four years after he still left the Premier League in the particular 2005 Champions League final. He or she was a massive influence intended for , particularly within the 1999 Treble season. The reason that they had not won the Champions Little league until that point was that will they had never a new main defender of Stam’s quality.

Jaap Stam was a massive influence for Manchester United over many great years

Jaap Stam was obviously a enormous influence for more than many great years


We talk about the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ of 2004 and the group who won the Double 2 years earlier and drool more than their attacking play.

It can be easy to forget, though, that will virtually the same squad acquired won nothing for three yrs. That changed with the questionable free-transfer signing of Campbell. When Liverpool had taken him through Tottenham, it could have already been us winning those titles since we finished second to System.


He came right here after winning the 1998 Planet Cup with France. I avoid think he showed his greatest over six years, nevertheless this individual was on form it had been the man against boys. Michael Owen always said he was the particular best he’d played against. Acquired Desailly been here during their peak, he could easily possess been in top spot.

Marcel Desailly didn't show his best over six years but he was superb when he was on form

Marcel Desailly didn’t display his best over six yrs but he was superb whenever he was on form


One of the greatest bits of business Liverpool did was obtaining big Sami for £2. 5m from Willem II in 1999. What followed was a 10 years of supreme consistency.

He changed our defensive record and earned 10 trophies. The only point he lacked was pace yet he was the best companion I had at club degree and our numbers over 8 years were excellent.

So gowns it. No place for Ledley King or Jonathan Woodgate, each of whom had rich skill but were prevented by accidents from scaling greater heights plus couldn’t match my top 10 for honours. I also chose to leave out myself when i think it’s only right Ruben Terry gets the accolades this particular week! Please join the issue.

Jonathan Woodgate is unlucky not to make the list due to his long list of bad injuries

Jonathan Woodgate can be unlucky never to make the checklist due to his large associated with bad injuries

Man of the 7 days: Chris Hughton  

Brighton became the particular 48th team to enter the particular Premier League and nobody from the club is more worthy than the manager.

The work he has done is exceptional. Brighton’s players would have already been shattered by the disappointment they will suffered of missing out upon promotion 12 months ago plus they had to compete along with a rival as formidable because Newcastle, who may have a Champions League-winning manager.

Newcastle spent heavily plus had a Premier League income bill to boot but nevertheless Brighton would not be kept from bay and Hughton has allowed them to fulfil their aspirations.

I love it whenever we obtain a new addition to the particular top flight and I wish they do well the coming year. The particular odds, of course, will end up being against them but they just need look down the southern coast to Bournemouth and observe what you can do. They are the ideal example for Brighton to stick to.

The job Chris Hughton has done to get Brighton promoted to the Premier League is remarkable

The job Bob Hughton has done to obtain Brighton promoted to the Leading League is remarkable

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