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West Ham United are in desperate need for some strong leadership so should Manuel Pellegrini consider John Terry?

The Chelsea legend started his career at West Ham and comes from a family of Hammers.

But that has not stopped the former England defender having his fair share of run-ins with West Ham fans over the years.

In fact Terry was something of a hate figure for the club’s supporters and often didn’t help himself.

On the face of it, bringing Terry back to his first club seems folly given the bad blood between him and supporters.

A year at Aston Villa may have tempered those emotions from both sides, though.

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Terry instead of Collins?

Supporters will also remember Terry gave up his time to feature in a memorable testimonial for legendary Hammers Academy director Tony Carr.

Hammers fans would also argue if they would consider Terry then why not re-sign James Collins.

The Ginger Pele looks set for a move to Ipswich Town.

Terry meanwhile remains a free agent.

And West Ham have two spaces in their squad after submitting only 23 of 25 possible names to the Premier League on Monday.

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Take the emotion out and it looks a no-brainer

Delve deeper, though, and would a move for Terry be a no-brainer?


He has been linked with Manchester United and a return to Villa so logic says Terry is still deemed good enough.

Terry is unquestionably an excellent leader and had a big impact at Villa last season coming close to leading them to promotion.

West Ham are in desperate need of leaders.

Even if he wasn’t starting every week his influence in the dressing room and experience could prove crucial.

David Moyes brought Patrice Evra in last season for exactly that reason.

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Perfect mentor for Diop and Rice

Terry in the centre of defence with Issa Diop and Declan Rice either side could be the dream ticket.

Both would learn so much from the ex Senrab youngster which would only benefit West Ham in the future.

Take the emotion out of it and signing Terry would be low risk, high reward.

It may be viewed as desperate.

But with West Ham’s run of fixtures, desperate is what the club could be soon if things don’t dramatically improve.

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