After successfully seeing off a buoyant Tottenham Hotspur side at the Boleyn Ground, Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United side have managed to keep the positive vibe among West Ham fans burning bright this season, whilst also offering an all-important boost for Leicester City in the 2015/16 title race.
The Upton Park faithful are nonetheless expecting their club to build upon their recent domestic form throughout the course of the upcoming summer transfer window, with thoughts of launching a brand new era of success at London’s Olympic Stadium understandably high on the agenda right in the here and now.
However, as current Chelsea skipper and long-term Stamford Bridge hero – John Terry – has subsequently been linked with a shock move to West Ham in light of his apparent lack of future with the Blues this summer– could the Upton Park faithful really be on the verge of accepting the 35-year-old centre-back as one of their own next season?
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Without wanting to put this particular discussion to bed almost immediately, this is just the kind of surprise transfer rumour that ultimately seems extremely unlikely to materialise in the summer.
West Ham have nonetheless witnessed a number of high profile targets linked with their club with varying degrees of probability in the run up to the much anticipated stadium move next season, but as John Terry isn’t exactly the most revered opposing player to ever make himself known within the East-End’s passionate footballing scene, perhaps this specific transfer possibility actually requires very little analysis.
And for a number of good reasons, too. Although John Terry could go down as the most well-rounded defender of the entire Premier League era for his previous exploits at the back in several seasons past, the 35-year-old centre-back clearly no longer represents the formidable player he once was.
It doesn’t take much to notice Terry’s obvious shortcomings the Premier League, as his inevitable fall from grace in the Premier League has seemingly coincided with Chelsea’s very own lack of form throughout the 2015/16 campaign. Whilst the former England captain still carries a fairly well established reputation under his belt at this particular stage in his career, John Terry represents more of a liability than anything else nowadays.
Had Slaven Bilic and his ever impressive West Ham outfit fallen victim to a defensive crisis of sorts at the back this season, then perhaps someone of Terry’s invaluable experience and know-how could have been considered by the Hammers board as a possible temporary option at the very least. As each of James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid and James Tomkins have nonetheless been in fine form for their club in 2015/16 however, there is ultimately very little need for such a controversial notion to ever come into play.
Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, John Terry’s current relationship with the Stamford Bridge faithful has seemingly painted him out as something close to a ‘pantomime villain’ among the Upton Park support for a consecutive number of years now. The Hammers fan-base would never likely accept such a player on the basis of his prior interaction with their club, even if Terry began his youth career under the guidance of the West Ham academy many moons ago.
As the player in question will likely receive several healthy offers from across the global footballing scene this summer, the thought of John Terry turning out in West Ham colours next term simply remains as unimaginable as it’s ever been when all is said and done.