Chelsea captain John Terry has stated that he is glad that fringe players at the club are unhappy at not being selected, as it shows desire to succeed.
Andre Villas Boas has adopted a squad rotation policy since taking up the Stamford Bridge hotseat in the summer, with some of the club’s older players getting frustrated with lack of time on the pitch.
Terry feels this frustration can be turned into a positive, as all the players want to play for the club and do well.
“Unfortunately when people do not play, you get that people write ‘this player is unhappy with the manager’, which I don’t think is the case – they are unhappy they are not playing,” the England international told talkSPORT.
“For me, whether you are young or old, you want to play every single week, regardless of the competition. That desire is what I want to see.
“If there are some players in our squad who are unhappy that they are not playing, I would rather that than players prepared to tick along, collect their wages and not care if they are in the side or not.
“For me, it is a good thing to have, a passion and belief they should be playing.
“People have been making a big thing of certain players not playing, but we have seen that the likes of Frank is still one of our best players and also in the world, not only with his goalscoring but with the balls he puts through.
“Even though players are getting older, they still have a big role to play in this football club,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight