‘Scrap that one’: Andy Townsend suggests John Terry should take up a different role at Chelsea for now
Andy Townsend urged John Terry to relocate from his academy station at Chelsea to a more senior role for the time being.
Speaking on Premier League Productions, Townsend proposed that Thomas Tuchel would benefit from having Terry close by during the hectic fixture schedule.
The iconic defender returned to Cobham to lend his expertise to the emerging talent being raised in the youth system.
What the former England international hasn’t been issued is the task of talking Tuchel through the turmoils of the frosty months.
Chelsea’s manager is experiencing his first full winter period as a top-flight manager in England, having arrived late in January earlier this year.
His involvement so far has been one of frustration.
A stodgy run of results coincided with numerous covid cases and further injuries to the squad.
After the Blues were held by Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday, Tuchel let all his pent-up anger out.
“How should we be in it? We have seven Covid cases. We have five or six players out for six or more weeks. How should we compete in a title race?”, said the German coach.
“Everyone else who has a full squad, everybody in training has the full power to come through this league.”
This received a fair bit of backlash from sections of the media, who debated Tuchel’s right to question his side’s strength in depth.
Where would Terry come in?
It seems the 48-year-old just needs an arm around the shoulder to guide him along this difficult journey.
In this case, Chelsea’s latest arrival couldn’t have landed at a better moment.
“Scrap that one for the time being and get him in that first-team pot at the moment and get him explaining to one or two of the guys about what it’s like at this time, at a Chelsea, at a club with the owner they have,” said Townsend about Terry temporarily switching his current job.
“I think he would be fantastic for Thomas Tuchel. I don’t mean to be part of his immediate staff, that’s not going to happen, I know.
“But, in terms of actually having John in there. If John had half a chance to get hold of Tuchel and say to him: ‘Listen, I’m just going to give you my opinion.’
“Sit down and tell him what he thinks because you’d be drawing from someone that’s been throughout it, seen it all and done it.”
Terry has literally lived and breathed this section of the season on numerous occasions.
He has witnessed that good and bad for Chelsea, usually as their captain.
If anyone inside the confines of Stamford Bridge knows how to ride out the storm, it’s JT.