John Terry is showing exactly why he deserves a contract extension at Chelsea, analysis from Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala has shown.
The 34-year-old put in a man of the match performance on Sunday and helped Chelsea claim the club's fifth League Cup title after their victory over Tottenham at Wembley with his first ever cup final goal.
Terry is enjoying a terrific campaign but is yet to sign a contract extension to take him into next season despite Jose Mourinho's recent comments that his captain will stay at the club for a further year. Chelsea recently introduced a policy that players over the age of 30 would only be offered one-year extensions, with Terry agreeing to such terms last summer.
With his performances last season meriting a further year at the the club, Oulala decided they'd check out how he compares this season to last and the results were extraordinary. Of the ten criteria studied, Terry is excelling in every area.
Defensively his stats have improved from 12 months ago, with a higher tackle success rate of 68% to last season's 47.3%, more blocks per game (0.77 to 0.59), a higher percentage of ground duels won (69.4% to 60.4%) and more success in the air with 70.8% of his aerial duels won to last term's 63.7%.
Terry is also committing fewer fouls per game (0.27 to 0.41) and in turn is still yet to pick up a yellow card in the Premier League this season. The defender also has a narrowly superior pass completion rate of 90.5% to last season's 90.2%.
As a player known for his goalscoring abilities it is a further area where Terry has improved, with a shot accuracy of 62% this season to his previous 36% and a strike-rate of 0.12 goals per game to 0.06 last term. He has even created more chances for his teammates (0.19 to 0.15).
With such an outstanding level of improvement in all areas to his game it is expected that Chelsea will offer their captain a further year at the club sooner rather than later.