Chelsea secure future of John Terry’s potential replacement

Chelsea have secured the immediate future of teenage defender Todd Kane, through to the end of the 2015/2016 season.

Kane has burst through the youth team ranks at the club, having a similar effect to the way current first team captain John Terry played during his years as a youth player with the Blues.

He is gaining vital experience with the younger teams at Chelsea; he captained the side to the FA Youth Cup last season, and he’s getting good first team experience with loan moves away, the most recent being to Blackburn Rovers.

He’s developing nicely and the news should provide a big boost to the current first team with no indication that Terry is going to be offered a deal longer than his current one, which expires next summer.

Chelsea have never been afraid to throw young players into the first team and Kane could even feature for the senior side next season, depending on who comes in as the new boss to replace Rafael Benitez.

As a defender he embodies all of the classic elements, which were evident in Terry at the same age; height, pace and he’s just as effective dealing with the ball on the ground as he is in the air.

What is significant about him possibly becoming Terry’s replacement is that Chelsea have got the balance between him representing the club and going to other sides first teams exactly right.

He’s already played in the Championship and League One this season, with League One in particular being a very physical league which can be daunting for younger players, especially defenders.

They’re effectively hardening him up because Premier League stars and teams won’t hesitate to take advantage of the smallest error or humiliate him, which is something he’ll have to learn to bounce back from.

The fact he’s also played so many games for the Under-21 Premier League side at Chelsea, 12 appearances in total, is also very significant.

If they view him as a long term replacement for Terry then it’s important that they help him retain some of the ideology which will only develop when he’s playing for Chelsea at any level.

Terry is a one club man and while Kane may be representing football league sides, he remains contracted to Chelsea so he needs to maintain that identity he has with the club in general.

He’s also being tested at international level with the England Under-19 side and if he continues to play well, he may benefit from a call up to the Under-21 side which will give him a chance to work with Stuart Pearce.

This is a player that Chelsea could easily have let slip under the radar but it’s encouraging to see that their youth system is still producing a classic English defender with a big future.

Will he get a chance next season?

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