4 Feb 2016

Redknapp raves: 'Fantastic' £150k-a-week 'warrior' is the Premier League's 'best ever' player in defence. Agree?

Earlier this week, John Terry announced that he'll be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, and revealed that the club is basically forcing his exit by refusing to offer him a new contract. Have Chelsea made the right footballing decision? Ex-Red Jamie Redknapp, doesn't think so, and he's slammed the London club for disrespecting its older players.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp insisted that Chelsea's stance is 'strange', and argued that 'fantastic' Terry - reportedly on £150k-a-week - still has a 'lot to offer' the club. He further enthused:

"John Terry has been the best Premier League defender I've seen, and the best centre-back I've ever played against. He's just been a warrior".

As much as I despise Terry for the more unsavoury (football-related) parts of his career, there's no denying his quality, winning mentality, and leadership ability.

Is he really the Premier League's best ever defender, though?

Reds legend Alan Hansen does't think so. In his column for The Telegraph last season, he raved:

"At £6 million, Vincent Kompany is arguably the best transfer market buy of all time [and] the best defender of the Premier League era".

Now, if I was biased, and I am, I'd choose Sami Hyypia as the best defender of the Premier League era.

Hyypia represented everything that's great about LFC, and despite ten years of consistently excellent performances, he remains criminally underrated, and rarely features in the discussion of the league's best ever centre-halves.

How Liverpool miss Hyypia, particularly his imperious aerial ability. Nearly seven years after his exit, the Reds still haven't replaced him.

The likes of Sakho, Lovren, and Skrtel (who is my current favourite LFC player), are simply not in the same league, and until the club brings in another dominating aerial (and leadership) presence, the defensive problems will continue.

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Author: Jaimie K


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