Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Chelsea skipper John Terry is in the same mould as north London legend Tony Adams.
The now 48-year-old coach was a key figure during the Gunners’ initial success under Wenger, leading the line at the back and motivating his fellow team-mates with aplomb.
He won multiple trophies while captaining the North Londoners and, in 2004, was entered into the English football's Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements in the game.
Many feel that defenders of Adams’ ilk simply don’t exist nowadays and, given the current standard of defending in the Premier League, you can certainly see why.
Wenger, however, hasn’t given up hope of finding his side a new Adams-type defender and pointed at London rivals Chelsea as proof that such defenders - while rare - still do exist within the game.
“Terry is a coach on the pitch. He’s a Tony Adams, basically. He organises the team, because he has a huge experience now and because he reads the game well,” the Frenchman is quoted as saying by the Sun.
“Maybe Gary Cahill will be the same in five, six, seven years as well. Terry is the right age and you do not find many anymore. You had more before than you do today.”
Terry’s affiliation with the Blues – similarly to Adams with the Gunners - stretches back more than 15 years and talks of that ending has been quashed by his excellent form under boss Jose Mourinho.
The 34-year-old has been a revelation for the Stamford Bridge outfit this season, starting all 21 Premier League fixtures and showing no signs of letting up.
It’s a shame that the former England skipper didn’t come to prominence during Adams’ era - and one can only question whether there is a player of a similar mould waiting to break through in today’s game.