Ex-Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola, has praised John Terry, ahead of the captain’s final game of the season.
The Blues defender has enjoyed a rebirth under Jose Mourino and has undoubtedly been one the main reasons for the clubs success the past 12 months. His performances have led to much acclaim this season, and Zola says he is delighted that Terry has proved his critics wrong.
John has done fantastically well. He has played every minute, and the quality that he has shown to play every minute this season is incredible. Considering also his age, it is quite remarkable.
Zola had Terry earmarked as a star from his early days training with the first team, recalling one particular event when Terry really stepped up to the plate.
I saw Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink fly!
We were training in a two-versus-two game. It was me and Jimmy Floyd against Terry and another young boy. Jimmy was getting very frustrated because he couldn’t score and he kicked this boy. John didn’t like this.
When training continued, Terry switched opponents and went to mark Jimmy Floyd. The first tackle, I’ll never forget it – Jimmy flew through the air! It was an unbelievable tackle, so strong and ruthless.
Nothing was said, but the next attack, exactly the same thing happened. I’ve never seen anything fly so high!
Terry was only a youngster among some very big personalities, but Zola knew even then he would go onto be a star for his boyhood heroes.
That summarised Terry’s character. Jimmy was a big man, a senior player. Not any young lad could have done that.