Why Chelsea captain John Terry deserves special praise
Harry Kemble singles out Chelsea captain John Terry for special praise in his end-of-season Premier League review
What will be your defining memory from this season?
The return of Chelsea’s win-at-all-costs mentality. No obstacle appears too great with Jose Mourinho at the helm. Since 2007, the Blues have desperately grasped onto everything the Portuguese instilled in them during his first tenure. This season represented why the rest of the league should be fearful. This Chelsea side will stop at nothing.
What prediction do you wish you hadn’t made pre-season?
Mario Balotelli to net 20 goals. At first Balotelli’s antics were comical – almost endearing – when he arrived at the Manchester City. However during his second shot at English football – after spells at Internazionale and AC Milan – the joke is wearing thin. The less said on the wasteful Italian the better.
Who was your player of the season?
John Terry. Under Rafa Benitez the former England skipper was deemed to be over-the-hill, not capable of playing two successive matches. Mourinho’s arrival has revitalised his first-choice centre back. Now some pundits are calling for Terry to return to the England side. Now who would have thought that would have been possible in the 2012-2013 season?
Who was your best young player of the season?
Harry Kane. A traditional centre forward, banging in the goals and playing for his boyhood club. As a Tottenham Hotspur fan what more could you want? He’s happy to stay too.
What was your goal of the season?
Chelsea’s team goal in their season’s opener against Burnley. The side flexed their muscles with twenty-five passes culminating with Andre Schurrle netting at the far post. (One of the few mistakes, though, was Mourinho’s decision to sell the German and allow Juan Cuadrado to come to the club.)
Best individual performance you have witnessed this season?
David De Gea’s performance against Liverpool before Christmas. Arguably Manchester United goalkeeper has sustained his side’s Champions League qualification hopes single-handedly throughout the season. This performance was a result of all the work this rising talent had done on his game to become number one keeper and catch Real Madrid’s attention.
Biggest surprise package of the season?
Alan Pardew moving swiftly to Crystal Palace and keeping them up. QPR would do well to take note how to retain Premier League status when working with a shoe string budget.
Biggest disappointment of the season?
Newcastle’s continuing neglect of its “big club” tag. The fans have maintained for years their club is deserving of being named in the same breath as Premier League giants – Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool. Mike Ashley, the club’s under-fire owner, has had other ideas. A rare public statement from Ashley after beating West Ham in the team’s final game has given fans renewed hope. Next season may bring investment, direction and decision-making with the team’s best interests in mind or it may just be another prime example of how not to improve a football club. We will have to wait and see.