Jamie Carragher opens up about Chelsea star: He’s my type of defender
The Liverpool legend heaps praise on departing Chelsea skipper John Terry
Jamie Carragher has named Chelsea captain John Terry as the greatest defender of the Premier League era.
The former England skipper announced that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after failing to secure regular first-team football under Italian boss Antonio Conte in the 2016-17 season.
The new Chelsea boss opted to play with three centre-halves in a 3-4-3 formation but Terry has found himself behind Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz.
The return of Kurt Zouma from a serious knee injury has seen Terry fall further down the pecking order, resulting in just four Premier League starts in the 2016-17 campaign.
The 36-year-old has won four Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, four FA Cups and three League Cups during a decorated career with Chelsea.
Writing in his Daily Mail column about the Chelsea captain, former Liverpool defender Carragher explained why he ranks Terry as the best defender of the Premier League era.
“My type of defender, someone who would put his body in front of anything to stop a goal,” Carragher said.
“It should not be forgotten, though, what a great footballer he is and I know from playing alongside him how effortlessly he could ping a 60-yard pass with his left foot.
“During Jose Mourinho’s first spell at Stamford Bridge, with Terry commanding in the middle and Petr Cech in goal, it felt almost impossible to score against them.
“Chelsea only conceded 15 goals in 2004-05 en route to the title and that season signalled the start of five consecutive years of him being named in the FIFPro World XI.
“He has won 16 major honours and kept 214 Premier League clean sheets.”