Prior to the amazing win at the Anfield against Liverpool in the league, Swansea City’s season had been in complete disarray. From a team which appeared to be a rising giant in English football, the Swans withered this term and are finding themselves languishing near the dropout zone. With just a two-point gap separating them from Crystal Palace who are seeded at the 18 spot, Swansea City are likely to find themselves in the relegation dogfight in the coming months.
Looking at the situation with a pair of rose-tinted glasses, Paul Clement has made productive use of the ongoing transfer window, signing the likes of Martin Olsson, Tom Carroll and Luciano Narsingh. The former Bayern Munich assistant manager has taken marauding steps to ensure the survival of his side in the top tier. Notwithstanding the acquisitions made by Swansea City, they are still in a dire need of an impeccable centre-back to inject resilience to their spine.
Clement is believed to be interested in the out-of-favour Chelsea legend John Terry as they are aspiring to bring the proven defender to the Liberty Stadium to aid them. The former English skipper had signed a one-year deal at the end of last season but hasn’t fitted into the tactical nous of Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte, which puts the ball in the court of the Wales-based side. Terry’s contract expires in the summer, so will it be a win-win situation for all the parties concerned?
Ever since Conte had to bear a humiliating loss at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, he has been implementing a three-man defensive line and without any shadow of a doubt, it has been absolutely fruitful. However, the trio comprising of David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill has been preferred, as a result of which Terry has been pushed below in the pecking order. Further, the 36-year-old’s value is going to diminish further once Kurt Zouma gets back to the pitch from the injury.
More than anything else, Clement needs a resilient leader at the back to inject mettle, cultivate a mentality to win and bring the element of experience into the equation. So far this season, Terry has been handed merely five appearances, which is nowhere near a player of his stature would want to see placed adjacent to his name.
If Swansea City can chalk out a deal with Chelsea for a loan move to lure Terry away from the Stamford Bridge, they would have the chance to lay their hands on an inspirational figure who can be the difference between them and the other relegation battlers.
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