Chelsea’s Terry set to become all-time top scoring Premier League defender

Chelsea captain John Terry has a fantastic record of goal scoring for the Blues, and a new accolade is surely around the corner.

The Blues captain made his 400th appearance for Chelsea last weekend and marked it with a goal, which has come to be something of a regular occurrence for the former England defender.

The 32-year-old is Blues through and through, having served the club for almost two decades since arriving as a 15-year-old from West Ham to join the club’s academy.

In his 400 appearances for Chelsea, Terry has scored 34 goals which, for a world-class striker, would be no extraordinary feat to achieve in a season but for a centre-back is exactly that.

In fact, no other player has scored as many goals as a defender in the Premier League – since its formation in 1992 – except David Unsworth who scored 38 Premier League goals during spells with Everton, West Ham, Portsmouth and Wigan but, crucially, he retired in 2009 from Huddersfield Town at the age of 36 which means Terry will likely break that record.

The Chelsea man only needs another four goals to equal Unsworth’s record and considering he’s scored two goals already this season, four last term and six the season before, one would expect he’ll likely surpass Unsworth’s tally.

Incidentally, Unsworth scored the vast majority of his goals for the Blues of Everton across two spells at Goodison Park of six years each, bisected by a season with the Hammers in 1997/98. In 2004 he moved to Portsmouth for one before going down to the Championship to join Ipswich Town and Sheffield United before returning to the top tier with Wigan in 2006/07.

John Terry has been a Chelsea legend and remains a world-class defender who is, at things stand, the most dangerous defender in the English Premier League by a long long way and, possibly this season if not the next, Terry will likely become the most dangerous defender in Premier League history.

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