Chelsea defender Levi Colwill, currently on loan at Huddersfield Town, has discussed comparisons between himself and Blues legend John Terry as well as choosing to wear the iconic number 26 on loan in the Championship.
The 19-year-old has been attracting attention since his loan spell and could return to Chelsea to follow in his idol’s footsteps.
Addressing the JockColwill opened up about being labeled as the next Terry.
“I take it,” he said. “I’m not going to complain. It’s not a bad thing to be called the new John Terry.
“I didn’t do the comparison myself so the fans and the media can make all the comparisons they want to make, it’s not going to affect me.
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“John Terry is a legend and a leader of the club, someone all Chelsea centre-backs should look up to. A great guy and player. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him too much. When he was around from the academy building, we were having a weird little conversation, but it was more of a ‘Hi, how are you?’ kind of thing, not on a personal level about football or things like that.
Asked about the decision to take No.26 to Huddersfield, Colwil explained it was not about following in Terry’s footsteps.
He said: “Everyone says it’s because of John, but it’s because it’s my birthday (Colwill was born on February 26, 2003). It was my number when I was growing up, even though I was just playing a football game on Playstation.
“When Huddersfield told me I was going to get the No.26 shirt it was perfect. Obviously all the Chelsea fans started comparing me to John Terry. Did I think about changing it because of that ? Nope.”