John Terry has found himself in the unfamiliar territory of the substitutes bench this afternoon, as the Chelsea captain is benched for the Premier League clash with Newcastle.
John Terry: Has started consecutive Premier League games on Chelsea’s bench for the first time since May 2013 #cfc
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 26, 2015
The 34-year old has suffered an indifferent start to the season, despite making his 650th start for the club against Walsall in midweek.
Looks like Terry has lost his starting spot.
— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) September 26, 2015
The former England defender has struggled to replicate the imperial form he showed last season, much like the Blues as a whole, and will likely be the subject of a lot more paper talk following his relegation to the bench.
Terry on the bench makes me sad.
— #CarefreeDaily (@CarefreeDaily) September 26, 2015
Meanwhile, Newcastle youngster Kevin Mbabu makes his first Premier League start for the Magpies this evening, replacing Massadio Haidara at left-back.
The thought of Pedro running at Mbabu is making me feel violently sick
— ⚽ (@GaIIowgate) September 26, 2015
The 20-year old Swiss defender had been sent on loan to Rangers back in January, but failed to even make the senior team’s bench in his time at Ibrox.
He will come up against World Cup winner Pedro, previously of Barcelona. A difficult ask for a debutant.
Chelsea's front 3 are going to have a field day against Kevin Mbabu #nufc
— Mark (@Markn456) September 26, 2015
If Pedro is to switch flanks during the game, the defender will be offered no reprieve as last season’s PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard, will be the man who replaces him.
Newcastle spend a lot of money and they still end up with Kevin Mbabu starting against Chelsea. He looked rotten in Rangers' U20 Cup final.
— Jordan Campbell (@JordanC1107) September 26, 2015
This will no doubt add pressure on Toon boss Steve McClaren, who is currently the subject of an intense amount of scrutiny following a lacklustre start to the season.