When comparing the Chelsea captain's statistics with last year, the experienced defender has earned a new contract.
John Terry was at his imperious best once again against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The veteran defender scored the opener against Chelsea’s London rivals in the Capital One Cup final, eventually leading his side to a 2-0 win and their first trophy of Jose Mourinho’s second stint as manager.
Terry’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, though, and at his age it is unlikely that the club will be giving him a long-term extension. In fact, the club has a policy of only offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30.
However, statistics seem to show that the former England captain is getting better with age. We’ve compared his stats from this year with those of last, which clearly demonstrate he has earned fresh terms.
Defensively, the 34-year-old has improved since last year, especially in the tackling department, with him registering significantly more tackles per game than in 2013/14 (1.15 to 0.53), while he is also winning marginally more duels - 4.46 per game compared to 4.26.
Elsewhere, he is also making more blocks than last season, 0.77 to 0.59, while he is also committing fewer fouls per game - 0.27 per game compared to last year’s total of 0.41. The latter of those two statistics suggests that with age has come a better reading of the game.
Having said that, not all of the numbers are impressive. Terry was winning more aerial duels last year than this, while his accurate passes per game have also dropped from last season, suggesting he should be leaving that side of the game to the midfield men in front of him.
Regardless though, with improvement in most areas, it seems that Chelsea would be amiss not to offer their long-serving captain a new contract come the end of the season, as he is almost certainly getting better with age.