Chelsea's Defence Options
With Terry aging, Luiz yet to fully perform despite his massive potential, Cahill's hidden deficiencies, and Ivanovic's changing positions. I'm of the opinion Chelsea needs a new central defender.
I am no fan of Cahill at all, and his constant presence in the defence baffles me. And he is no 'next terry' as he is not even near where Terry was at 27. Luiz has the most interceptions of all of Chelsea's defenders where as Cahill has the most blocks almost double that of all the other defenders which is good. Most of those blocks come from recovering from his own poor 1v 1 battles or poor positioning anyway. I do rate his recoveries/blocks but they are mostly due to his own errors. I think Cahill is a capable defender, but not first choice. Ivano has won the most tackles of all the defenders and is solid and provides cover at right-back.
Chelsea seem to be pushing out the old guard and Terry is next, so Chelsea should look to target another centre back. I think Ivano is the best central defender IMO and believe Terry/Ivano + Luiz is the best pair. But he isnt getting younger and Chelsea should look to the future. Luiz has massive potential and is a ball playing defender and a solid centre-back partner would compliment him.
Dejan Lovren, 23
I've been observing Lyon and Croatian defender, Dejan Lovren in internationals and in the Europa league in the matches against Spurs. Lovren has 3 goals in 70 appearances for Leon and 15 caps for Croatia. And is easily becoming one of the most complete young defenders in Europe.
Chelsea, Liverpool and AC Milan have been linked with Lovren. And at a price of around £8.5 m onwards, Lovren could bring stability, his experience at his age to Chelsea defence.
When Terry leaves who will be the next captain?
I would think Mata [most important player] or David Luiz [great energy/spirit]