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What John Terry has to offer Aston Villa

Monday 10th July 2017
On Monday 3rd July 2017, we awoke to the news that John Terry had completed a move to Aston Villa. Seeing him play at Villa Park in Claret and Blue will seem odd in the forthcoming campaign.

However, he is a villain now after moving to Aston Villa in a one-year-deal. He even refused to sign for any Premier League club because he despises the idea of playing against his treasured Chelsea. But the question lingers though, is he in good enough shape to carry on for another year?

After 22 long years at Stamford Bridge, he is no longer an old hand at the club; he is now the novice.
Despite holding a record of 717 appearances for Chelsea, five Premier League titles, five F.A Cup winner's medals, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Europa League, One Champions League trophy and 78 caps for England, he still had to deliver a rendition of Stand by Me for his Aston Villa initiation.
This would be a difficult terrain to tread for the former England international, but the journey would be a lot easier with a fellow former centre-half at the helm of affairs. As a player, Steve Bruce had to step out of his comfort zone of Manchester United in 1996 and make a new beginning with Birmingham City. This would make him capable of tutoring Terry well, even with his vast experience.

As previously noted, he transferred to Aston Villa with a wide understanding of the game, which will be important for the young players around him as he aims to propel his new club who ended the last season at the thirteenth place in the Championship, to the top division of English football.

Despite recording just 48 concessions, a feat attributed to their strong defence, their goal scoring was inconsistent.

Now, Terry might not find the net regularly, but he remains lethal from set-pieces having scored 73 goals for club and country throughout his career.

It was obvious from his performance last season that he cannot match the pace of a top six club, but Terry has been known for that, his strength has always lied in his ability to read the game and aggressive tackling position.

He also arrived with real leadership qualities. Though he cannot be expected to swoop in and take the armband from fellow centre-back James Chester. However, he will be sure to pass on some of his genius to him.

At the age of 36, John Terry has been brought into the club to build up the players around him while still contributing his quota in the first team.

Despite all these that he offers the club, the former England skipper came along with all his extra baggage.

His whole career has been filled with different controversies. In 2002, Terry was charged with assault and affray, a personal affair with a former girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, his former Chelsea and England teammate, which led to his Captaincy of the England team being revoked and a racial abuse against QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in which he was punished with a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine.

Aston Villa will definitely have put his blemished past into consideration before deciding to sign him.

He could soon be drawing the curtain on his playing career, and he will want to retire with success trailing him . That will drive him harder towards helping Villa secure a promotion.

Signing Terry was a good move from Bruce who had to wade off intense competition from Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp to acquire his signature.

It is a shrewd signing from Bruce who had to fight off heavy competition from Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp to acquire his services. Villa's acquisition of Terry could well prove to be the coup of the season.
Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan


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