A West Ham return for John Terry is ideal for all parties

Stuart Plant

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?

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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.


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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.

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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.

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