REPORT: Chelsea’s John Terry Would Prefer Palace Move Over All Other Clubs

0 Posted by - April 19, 2017 - News

Having recently announced his decision to leave Chelsea at the end of the current season, John Terry is believed to favour a summer move to Crystal Palace over a number of other suitors. 

This report explains the exact reasons behind Terry’s preference for a switch to SE25 over a host of other clubs. 

Whilst the Eagles faithful are still desperately hoping that Big Sam can convince Liverpool loanee Mamadou Sakho to make his stay at Selhurst Park permanent, any significant snag over a deal with the Frenchman is likely to elevate the Chelsea legend further up Palace’s list of targets, given his wealth of experience at the top of the English game. 

Sam Allardyce is known to be a keen admirer of the Blues long-time captain and would almost certainly have no qualms about coughing up the £80,000-a-week wage packet that Terry is after but I would imagine Palace’s fan-base is significantly split over the prospect of welcoming Terry into the fold. 

Whilst it’s flattering to think that a player as decorated as Terry is keen on joining the club, I can’t help but think we’d be better served by signing a far younger man, rather than opting for a short-term fix. Having seen Martin Kelly shifted into the middle to cover for the injured Dann and Tomkins, the thought of replacing a loanee with a 36-year-old doesn’t exactly leave me brimming with joy but what do I know? I just run a website. 

There has been talk in recent days of another summer bid for Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji, who at 27, seems like a far better long-term option for us. Yes, the Senegal man remains unproven in the Premier League but as Luka Milivojevic has shown since joining the club from Olympiakos; top players are more than capable of making a successful transition between leagues when given the right support from their coaches and teammates. 

With Palace seemingly high on Terry’s wish-list, I’m keen to hear your thoughts on a possible move for him. Would you like to see it?

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23 Comments

  • Richard C April 19, 2017 - 7:07 am Reply

    Yes definitely sign him, but only in the event of not signing Sakho. I agree a younger player has more appeal but Terry would give us 2 years to find a suitable replacement. At centre back there is little substitute for experience, just look at Huth’s performances for Leicester.

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 8:32 am Reply

      You’re being outvoted 2-1 at the moment, Richard.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh April 19, 2017 - 8:55 am Reply

      Agree, Terry can pass on his experience to the rest of our defence and then will hand over the reigns to a much improved back line.

  • Sharpy April 19, 2017 - 7:13 am Reply

    No leave well alone !

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 8:33 am Reply

      Thought you might say that…

  • Mark April 19, 2017 - 8:27 am Reply

    No. Too old. Too much baggage.

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 8:33 am Reply

      He’s got an entire baggage carousel to bring with him.

  • Riz April 19, 2017 - 8:51 am Reply

    If we can’t keep Sakho we need a similarly dynamic and cultured defender, don’t think Terry at 36 offers that

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 8:55 am Reply

      I’m with you 100%, Riz.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh April 19, 2017 - 8:54 am Reply

    If Sakho doesn’t sign i would like to sign Teryy. Sam proved at Bolton he can breath life into older players, including: Djorkaef, Okocha, Campo, Speed, Campo and Hierro et. al.

    Whilst Mbodji is younger he is also more costly and Terry would be perfect to help develop Tomkins/Kelly into better defenders.

    I think the man is a wanker for his off the field issues but i felt the same away about Big Sam and that hasn’t stopped him doing well. Terry is someone who is determined, gritty and unloved by those outside his club. Similar to CPFC really.

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 8:56 am Reply

      Haha! I like that logic, JFB. I trust Big Sam, I know that.

  • Richard Down April 19, 2017 - 9:03 am Reply

    Not sure I could ever get to love John Terry after all these years and not sure he still has the legs

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 9:04 am Reply

      I’m with you, Richard. I respect the career he’s had but I can’t see our fans ever warming to him.

  • Richard C April 19, 2017 - 9:25 am Reply

    All I would say with regard to his age and legs is that it is the only position on the pitch where you can get away with it as long as you have a good nose for positioning….and he certainly has that… oh, and as long as he has a quick centre half next to him, although that rather rules out our guys. Without doubt, a bit of a marmite signing this would be!

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 9:26 am Reply

      Marmite is right, which never tends to end well with our fan-base.

  • Iain April 19, 2017 - 9:28 am Reply

    We need someone ​to play every week
    It’s years since he has done that at Chelsea
    Also wasn’t there a court case about racist remarks.
    Please pass the barge pole.

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 9:30 am Reply

      Indeed there was.

      It’s worth highlighting at this point that there has been no talk of concrete interest in him from Palace themselves.

  • tom April 19, 2017 - 9:30 am Reply

    No thanks cant stand the bloke and even if i could i dont think he would really add much to our first team .. the squad maybe but why pay so much for an aging squad player

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 9:31 am Reply

      It seems most people share the same view as you and I, Tom.

  • Ken D April 19, 2017 - 10:35 am Reply

    Who says our supposed interest in Terry has anything to do with signing or not signing Sakho? Everyone is conveniently ignoring the fact that Damo is out of contract in the summer. Terry for Damo yes, if Damo is set on leaving, but Terry in place of Sakho? Don’t make me laugh! No no no no and NO!!!

    • admin April 19, 2017 - 10:39 am Reply

      The wage bill should always be factored into things, Ken.

      Sakho would want £120k, Terry is asking for £80k, Damo is on nowhere near that. When you think that we’ll potentially be giving Wilf another £80-90k a week, it starts adding up rather quickly.

  • Duncan R April 20, 2017 - 6:29 am Reply

    No more signing of “marquee used-to-be’s”! They may bring some experience to the squad in training, but have added little to the team in recent years. We’ve upgraded our coaching staff and now have the means to be developing talent. The £80K would be better invested in keeping our own talent in the club. But what do I know, I don’t even run a website!

    • admin April 20, 2017 - 8:50 am Reply

      Haha! With views like that you probably should run a website, Duncan. Spot on.

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