Mad decisions often turn out to be the best of decisions. Who thought peanut butter coupled with jelly, salt added to caramel, and Arsene Wenger always wearing that jacket would be such worthwhile moments of sheer brilliance?
Well, with West Ham United struggling for form and a real defensive frailty within the side – they desperately need a leader. Perhaps, they could do with another of those infamous Academy products of their’s to return to the club. No, not Glen Johnson, that would merely be a mad decision. I’m talking about a decision so wild it would no doubt upset the apple cart. Step forward, fan favourite of the West Ham crowd, John Terry.
Having been frozen out by new Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, John Terry has only managed four full games in the Premier League this year. It remains to be seen how, if at all, Terry could be persuaded to rejoin the club he spent his younger years at: a chance to finish his career with that mythical fairytale ending of finishing where he started off? A sack full of money? The opportunity to show he still has it? Who knows, but, it would undoubtedly pay dividends for West Ham United.
Whilst Winston Reid has been getting back into form, and Italian Angelo Ogbonna has shown glimpses of class – it is individual errors which have kept on pushing them back down the table. With no league wins during November and the errors continuing to mount as shown in their recent loss to London rivals Arsenal, they must do something in order to turn the season around.
Many of you will be quick to note that Terry’s last 90mins was against West Ham in the EFL Cup, when, Michail Antonio had Terry looking like a crippled woodland animal running through mud after he’d been snared by a bear-trap. West Ham fans talked of the performance in the same vein of Bobby Zamora all but single-handedly ending Sol Campbell’s career.
In fairness to Terry, it must be noted, that this was Terry’s return to action after an ankle injury and more importantly, his first appearance in Conte’s 3-4-3 system. So, if anything, Terry’s return to West Ham would at least mean that haters of Bilic’s similar 3-5-2 system would get the boot in favour of a more traditional system. What’s more, is that Terry would undeniably add leadership to the back for West Ham. Whether they’ve played a three at the back or four at the back, the way they have defended, they could have 11 at the back and still leaked goals via individual errors. Last season only the relegated Aston Villa managed to exceed West Hams individual errors count. That in itself is shocking.
With Terry currently being kept out the team and Chelsea already looking like they will run away with the Premier League title, it is hard to see how Terry will wrangle is way back into Conte’s starting XI. Especially as the promising Kurt Zouma will also be back challenging for a starting spot soon. The real deciding point though will be whether Terry wants to play football regularly, or, if he wants to be part of a team winning titles.
The only thing of note West Ham would not want to endure is the coin toss between Simone Zaza and John Terry to see who will take a match-winning penalty. That doesn’t even bare thinking about.
Playing his whole career at Chelsea, would the lure of regular football and being the organising hub of a team again sway him to end his days where he originally started? Would the West Ham owners risk angering the fans even more? We will have to wait and see if they have as big a set of cojones as Wenger does for truly believing he will conquer that damn jacket.
12 players you wouldn’t piss on if they were on fire
Lee Hughes is currently playing non-league football at the age of 40 when he should be rotting away in a cell.
Thirteen years ago this detriment to society caused death by dangerous driving, before continually denying the charge despite the courts proving he was lying.
Hughes was released three years into his six-year sentence. What a joke.
A well-known cockwomble on the pitch, Bellamy has been involved in four separate incidents of assault despite never being convicted - funny what being a footballer can do.
People like this don't deserve to be earning millions of pounds, they deserve to be sweeping the roads and getting splashed with water by oncoming commuters. Get in the fucking bin.
Dirty. Just dirty. Nigel Winterburn may have been considered a hero to some Arsenal fans, but he'd probably get a similar reaction to those on Game of Thrones by the rest of the footballing landscape.
The guy was never really even good enough to be considered a top player either, as highlighted by just two appearances for England. Fact.
El Hadji Diouf
Jesus even his face is enough to make you squirm. In France, in England and even in Scotland this utter shitbag has been responsible for doing some pretty horrible things on the pitch.
Spitting seemed to be his trademark move over the course of his career, in addition to a range of smaller transgressions. But hey, let's not downplay this - Diouf is the lowest of the low.
Let's save some time and make ourselves a list. Terry was fined for comments made during an incident with Americans after 9/11. Terry assaulted a bouncer. Terry reportedly had an extramarital affair with Wayne Bridge's girlfriend and he was also banned for a number of games due to racial abuse.
Can we just lock him up right now and throw away the key?
Having been labeled as unprofessional by many of his former teammates and managers, it's no wonder that Mark Bosnich finds himself on this list.
The guy flushed his career down the toilet as he developed a cocaine addiction which saw the keeper slip down the ranks in the footballing landscape. Add that to a number of other acts including doing a Nazi salute. Dickhead.
This one goes without saying really. Barton has always been, and will likely always be an insufferable piece of shit. The only difference is that now he feels as if he's gained some sort of notorious reputation that makes the guy untouchable. Wrong.
Whether it was breaking the nose and jaw of a fellow teammate or behaving like a retarded and rabid pitbull on the pitch, Dennis Wise was never far away from controversy.
Many saw him as a leader and a scrappy, determined player on the pitch - but forget all that. Wise disguised his lack of ability with this reckless mentality. Good for him, I guess.
Aside from making vile comments to Zidane in the World Cup Final, Marco Materazzi has a history with being a massive bellend.
The Italian has always been billed as a "hard man" but that's just a 'cool' way of saying that he brought the game into disrepute.
Even Pepe's face is just, urgh.
Purposely injuring players, behaving as if he's bigger than every team he's ever been on and shitting all over the people who gave him a chance - that's Roy Keane for you, folks.