Ask Wolverhampton Wanderers fans who is a better defender, John Terry or Willy Boly, and you will receive an almost unanimous response.
Yes, 37-year-old Terry is one of England’s greatest ever defenders and has enjoyed a superb season at Aston Villa, but it is difficult to argue against the notion that Boly, who has been a revelation since joining from Porto, is not the Championship’s best centre-back right now.
The Frenchman has been so frequently impenetrable at the heart of Wolves’ defence this season, and in his 26 Championship games, Nuno Espirito Santo’s league leaders have kept 14 clean sheets.
He was the best player on the pitch, and a goalscorer to boot, as Wolves resorted their six point lead at the top of the table with a 3-0 cruise away to Leeds United on Wednesday night.
But what an opportunity Terry has to make those Wolves fans eat their words this weekend. His Aston Villa side host the champions-elect on Saturday afternoon in a game that could have huge ramifications for the promotion chase.
Villa, as it stands, are third, four points behind Cardiff, but dare not lose with Fulham and Derby breathing down their necks.
Terry has a daunting evening ahead against Diogo Jota, Ivan Cavaleiro and perhaps Benik Afobe, who scored his first goal back at Wolves at Elland Road.
If Terry rolls back the years and delivers another defensive masterclass, perhaps Wolves fans will not be so quick to bump the former England captain down the pecking order.
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