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Poll: Did Sunday spell the beginning of the end for Terry at Chelsea?

| 17.08.2015

Jose Mourinho claimed he substituted John Terry at half-time in their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City as he “wanted more pace at the back”, but after claiming the result was “fake”, who knows whether that is the full story?

The Chelsea skipper played every minute of every game in the Blues’ victorious campaign last term, so does this swap highlight a changing of the guard at the Stamford Bridge club?

There was conclusion after “JT’s” switch on Sky Sports as well, with officials from the club reportedly telling reporter Geoff Shreeves that he has a “slight pull”.

Now with Mourinho explaining otherwise, and suggesting that Kurt Zouma was more comfortable against the pace of Sergio Aguero and co, doubts over Terry’s Blues future may begin to arise.

Aged 34 the former England man is undoubtedly approaching the twilight years of his Premier League career, but could time be called on his west London stay sooner rather than later?

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The defeat to the Citizens leaves Chelsea five points off their title rivals, languishing in 16th place.

The Eva Carneiro situation was left hanging over the ‘Special One’ in the build up to last weekend’s fixture and now he has another saga to deal with ahead of their next match.

That test is set to come away at West Brom, with the visitors priced up as 4/6 favourites to bag their first win of the campaign.

But with Tony Pulis in charge, they could be set for a longer wait for a maiden 2015-16 victory.

The baseball-capped gaffer has only tasted defeat at home to Chelsea once in the last five times his club at the time have hosted the Blues.

In fact Pulis has lead both West Brom and Crystal Palace to home victories over Mourinho’s men in recent seasons.

Big questions will undoubtedly be asked of the capital club, but the even bigger question is whether John Terry will find himself banished to the bench.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.