Contract: What should Terry earn? Arsenal defenders already more cost effective

Chelsea mainstay Terry's deal soon expires. How cost effective is his current contract compared to Everton, Manchester City & Arsenal stars?

John Terry's statistics this season are directly comparable to the Premier League's top performers as he sees a lot of the football, is accurate with his passing and makes numerous defensive contributions each and every match.

It would have been a travesty if he were allowed to leave Chelsea this summer, when his contract expires in June and, in truth, would have always been unlikely considering he has been a professional at Stamford Bridge since July 1, 1998, was in the youth team from 1995, is a one-club man and is beloved by the entirety of the Blue fanbase.

NameClubTouchesAcc PassHeadBlockClearInterceptDuel WonTackleAppsMins
Jagielka Everton 69.86 46.68 2.68 0.45 8.91 1.73 5.27 1.59 22 1,980
Terry Chelsea 61.92 44.33 4.29 0.67 6.96 1.13 4.42 0.83 24 2,160
Mertesacker Arsenal 61.55 45.32 3.91 0.36 6.45 1.73 4.91 1.55 22 1,980
Cahill Chelsea 56.29 37.24 3.76 0.88 7.12 0.76 5.71 0.94 17 1,530
Koscielny Arsenal 55.67 37.29 2.43 0.71 6.90 2.95 3.71 1.81 21 1,819
Kompany City 54.73 34.80 2.40 0.60 6.20 1.87 5.00 2.40 15 1,275

The data above has been gleaned from Premier League competition alone, but considering the esteem Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is held in, Terry should attract higher commendation as he, on average, enjoys seven additional touches of the football per match, completes ten more accurate passes and wins more headers.

PlayerTeamBlockClearInterceptDuel WonTackleMins
Jagielka Everton 10 196 38 116 35 1,980
Terry Chelsea 16 167 27 106 20 2,160
Mertesacker Arsenal 8 142 38 108 34 1,980
Koscielny Arsenal 15 145 62 78 38 1,819
Cahill Chelsea 15 121 13 97 16 1,530
Kompany Man City 9 93 28 75 36 1,275

In terms of pure defensive contributions - blocks, clearances, interceptions, duels won and tackles, it is Phil Jagielka who has the most out of all six listed centre backs, with a total of 395, while Terry is not far behind the Evertonian, as the Barking-born bruiser has 336.

While Kompany has 'only' made 241, he has done so within the confines of 1,275 minutes (groin and calf injuries saw him sidelined in the first half of the season) and his statistics therefore look increasingly more positive when factoring in his average - the Belgium centre back makes a defensive contribution once every 5.29 minutes he is on the field.

Jagielka, still with the lead, averages a defensive action every 5.01 minutes.

Terry? Every 6.42 minutes - still excellent.

While on-paper Kompany appears the more prolific contributor in terms of blocking and intercepting, in terms of finance and contractual worth, Terry is far more value for money. Regardless of defensive action averages, Kompany still gets paid even while he is in the physio's room, recovering from injuries.

At 33, Terry still has a young man's fitness and has played in every single minute of every single Premier League match thus far.

Kompany receives a weekly salary of £200,000. Since the season began (25 weeks ago), City have effectively paid him £20,746 for every defensive action he has completed.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have paid Terry - who receives an estimated £150,000 per week - £11,160 for every one of the main five contributions made at centre back.

[Key for table below: DC = defensive contributions; ETD = estimated earnings to date (25 weeks since start of season); Cost = cost per DC]

PlayerClubTotal DCsETDCost
Jagielka Everton 395 £1,375,000 £3,481
Terry Chelsea 336 £3,750,000 £11,160
Mertesacker Arsenal 330 £1,500,000 £4,545
Koscielny Arsenal 338 £1,250,000 £3,698
Cahill Chelsea 262 £2,000,000 £7,633
Kompany Man City 241 £5,000,000 £20,746

Outside of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, Gary Cahill and John Terry have been the stand-out defensive partnership in the Premier League, however, the Arsenal duo are far more cost-effective.

What Terry and Cahill have going for them, though, is that they are both champions of the Champions League and Europa League… and competition wins obviously bring in more money and the English pair were fundamental to that success.

Terry's form this season no doubt warrants a contract extension, even if it is on a one year extension basis. But, should he be paid more? Arguably not. The cost of Kompany's defensive contributions are distorted due to his layoffs, but his higher salary is also reflective of his age.

Terry will turn 34 in the middle of his extension… in football business, it is fair to reward loyalty - a trait Terry has in abundance on the field - but is he deserving of gross parity with Kompany when his cost per DC is already that much higher than his centre back partner Cahill, the pair from North London and Everton's under-rated Jagielka?

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