A lot has been made in recent weeks and months over the continuous niggles that John Terry appears to be picking up, an unfortunate and predictable consequence of the advancing age of a professional footballer. While his recent retirement from the international scene should act as a significant support machine for the rest of his playing days they are eventually going to come to an end.
While that day may seem a distant far away reality, which it essentially is considering JT only turns 32 in December, attention must be drawn to the fact he will be eventually replaced.
While it is too far a thought to consider players from outside the realms of Chelsea FC they do have one particular option for the future, not including David Luiz and Gary Cahill.
When Frank Arnesen left the London club for Hamburg he took with him an abundance of the talent he had helped in a large part to acquire and develop at Chelsea. Michael Mancienne, Gokhan Torre and Jacopo Sala were all allowed to join the German outfit permanently but one player that Chelsea could not simply allow to leave just yet was Dutchman Jeffrey Bruma.
Barnsley fans may well remember his older brother, Marciano van Homoet, for a brilliant display against Chelsea in the FA Cup run of 2008, but Jeffrey has barely had an opportunity to excel for his parent side. He is one of many promising Chelsea youngsters currently improving their game and long term prospects on loan deals in the continent.
But while the contribution of Thibaut Courtois at Atletico Madrid is well known many people do not realise the stunning improvements in the 20-year-old Bruma’s game in the Bundesliga.
He had an impressive loan-spell at Leicester before shipping out to Germany, but more so in a central midfield role rather than his favoured centre back position, yet with Hamburg he has impressed enough to earn himself a second spell at the club this season.
His impressive physical stature and footballing intelligence has also seen him making the grade at an international level where he has earned four caps for the Dutch national side. Not many a player can boast to earning international spurs for Oranje whilst on a ‘development’ loan deal.
Bruma has spoken of a permanent move to Hamburg next season if assurances are not given about a first-team place at Chelsea and in view of how far he has come in the past two seasons Chelsea could be considered fool-hardy not to give him a try at the age of 21 next year.
What do you think about Jeffrey Bruma’s long term success at Chelsea?