How John Terry Compares to 13 other English Centre Backs

Having been stripped of his captaincy for a second time last week, ongoing rumours of potential international retirement for the Chelsea defender and debates whether he should be going to the European Championships or not, here is how John Terry matches up to 13 other English centre backs competing for a place in the England squad at Euro 2012:

 

Player Premier League Games Tackles Interceptions Fouls Clearances Dribbled Past Blocks Clean Sheets Yellow Cards Red Cards
John Terry 22 43 44 18 118 13 18 6 7 0
Gary Cahill 20 14 44 17 190 6 25 2 2 1
Michael Dawson 5 6 14 2 55 2 7 2 1 0
Anton Ferdinand 17 26 32 10 179 4 15 4 1 0
Rio Ferdinand 16 17 35 8 129 4 9 7 3 0
Phil Jagielka 19 37 46 9 155 6 9 4 2 0
Phil Jones 19 41 37 7 85 10 11 8 2 0
Ledley King 14 13 26 6 84 0 14 5 0 0
Joleon Lescott 21 33 29 23 104 8 15 7 1 0
Ryan Shawcross 22 30 16 25 299 6 19 7 5 0
Chris Smalling 14 16 18 18 4 7 7 5 1 0
Steven Taylor 14 11 14 7 110 2 28 4 1 0
Michael Turner 10 18 18 11 68 5 9 4 2 0
Matt Upson 7 8 10 5 54 2 6 2 1 0

As the table shows, only Ryan Shawcross has played as many Premier League games as the now former England captain this season, and no player has made as many tackles as the 43 John Terry has made for Chelsea in those 22 games.

However, he has been dribbled past on 13 occasions this season; 3 more than his the next closest rival Phil Jones, who has played in central midfield and right back this season; increasing this likelihood. Tottenham’s Ledley King is yet to be dribbled past in 14 games this season.

John Terry’s 7 yellow cards is a joint-Premier League high, with Wigan’s Gary Caldwell through 24 games.

Everton’s Phil Jagielka has been a ball hawk this season; intercepting 46 passes from opponents this season; 2 more than both Terry and his new Chelsea team mate, Gary Cahill. Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross does not fare too well in this category.

Here’s a table to show how these statistics average out per game:

 

Player Tackles Interceptions Fouls Clearances Dribbled Past Blocks Clean Sheets Yellow Cards Red Cards
John Terry 2.0 2.0 0.8 5.4 0.6 0.8 0.27 0.3 0.0
Gary Cahill 0.7 2.2 0.9 9.5 0.3 1.3 0.10 0.1 0.1
Michael Dawson 1.2 2.8 0.4 11.0 0.4 1.4 0.40 0.2 0.0
Anton Ferdinand 1.5 1.9 0.6 10.5 0.2 0.9 0.24 0.1 0.0
Rio Ferdinand 1.1 2.2 0.5 8.1 0.3 0.6 0.44 0.2 0.0
Phil Jagielka 1.9 2.4 0.5 8.2 0.3 0.5 0.21 0.1 0.0
Phil Jones 2.2 1.9 0.4 4.5 0.5 0.6 0.42 0.1 0.0
Ledley King 0.9 1.9 0.4 6.0 0.0 1.0 0.36 0.0 0.0
Joleon Lescott 1.6 1.4 1.1 5.0 0.4 0.7 0.33 0.0 0.0
Ryan Shawcross 1.4 0.7 1.1 13.6 0.3 0.9 0.32 0.2 0.0
Chris Smalling 1.1 1.3 1.3 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.36 0.1 0.0
Steven Taylor 0.8 1.0 0.5 7.9 0.1 2.0 0.29 0.1 0.0
Michael Turner 1.8 1.8 1.1 6.8 0.5 0.9 0.40 0.2 0.0
Matt Upson 1.1 1.4 0.7 7.7 0.3 0.9 0.29 0.1 0.0

Only Phil Jones (2.2) averages more tackles per game than the Chelsea centre back. Alarmingly, Gary Cahill (0.7) is one of only three players to average less than 1 successful tackle per game.

Michael Dawson averages 2.8 interceptions per game – but the Spurs defender has only played in 5 games so far this season, with Ledley King being fit enough to play in 14 and Younes Kaboul coming into good form this season. Terry fares well in this category also.

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling is committing the most fouls and making the fewest clearances per game of the 14 English players on the list.

Steven Taylor was impressively blocking 2 shots per game before rupturing his Achilles at the start of December.

Statistics certainly aren’t the be all and end all of football, but they make interesting reading. Whether you take them into account or not, I would like to know which 4/5 centre backs you would like Fabio Capello to take with him to Poland/Ukraine in the summer. Please leave your choices with a comment below…

Data provided by Opta Sports

4 Replies to “How John Terry Compares to 13 other English Centre Backs”

  1. 6.14 Rio Ferdinand
    6.14 Ledley King
    6.29 Anton Ferdinand
    6.71 Phil Jones
    6.86 Phil Jagielka

    After ranking the per game stats and averaging the rankings equally per skill those are my choices

  2. Rio ferdinand, Joleon Lescott, Ryan Shawcross, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones.

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