Sky Sports football expert and pundit Jamie Redknapp has insisted that Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was to blame for John Terry’s sending off.
The Blues captain received his marching orders against West Brom on Sunday, after becoming tangled up with Salomon Rondon as they went shoulder to shoulder for a ball over the top.
While Rondon certainly made the most of the opportunity, Terry was on the wrong side of the striker and ultimately ended up denying him a goal-scoring chance.
However, Redknapp puts the blame for the incident on Courtois and not the former England captain.
“I think Thibaut Courtois has got to look at his position. He was going back and forward and doing the hokey cokey,” Redknapp said in his Sky Sports column.
“You’ve especially got to know your players. When it’s John Terry in a straight race with Rondon he’s in trouble.
“If that was Kurt Zouma you could let him take control of the situation, but because it’s John – and maybe the lack of pace he has – I think Courtois has got to be five or six yards higher up and come and clear that away.”
Terry has come under criticism over the last week, and his red card at the Hawthorns only further compounded his misery as questions were asked about his future at the heart of the Chelsea defence.