The transfer saga regarding which of the second city rivals John Terry would sign for has today been concluded. Rumours began circulating once a picture surfaced on social media of John Terry enjoying a round of golf with his agent, and Steve Bruce.
There was a distinct plot twist when Harry Redknapp was quoted as saying he’d made a ‘good offer’ to Terry, but clearly the pull of playing for the biggest club in Birmingham has resulted in Terry signing on the dotted line in B6. The social media reaction has been fairly positive but there have been a few choice remarks regarding our latest signing so I have decided to chuck in my two-penneth.
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Clearly, at the age of 36, we aren’t signing a player in his prime yet there are certain traits that don’t fade. One of those is leadership. John Terry is immortalised at Stamford Bridge through a banner that reads ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ after captaining the club through their most successful period ever. He joins an Aston Villa squad full of inexperienced, albeit promising, players such as Jack Grealish, James Bree and Andre Green.
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To bring in a player of John Terry’s stature who many of those younger players would have idolised growing up, could have a massive effect on their game. He truly has been there and done it in every situation and so is the perfect person to put his arm around inexperienced shoulders and offer guidance that Villa will reap the rewards of long after JT leaves. Alongside his off the field qualities, I still believe that Terry has a lot to offer the club on the pitch too.
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He has a wealth of knowledge to rely on as he had come out on top against some of the best attackers in the world game. Pace was never Terry’s greatest strength and so claims that his legs ‘have gone’ are fairly redundant because he never relied on it anyway. His positioning and decision making were always at the highest level and allowed him to be in the right place at the right time. Furthermore, I think playing in a back 4 as opposed to a back 3 at Chelsea will give him a little bit more protection by surrounding him with younger players with more pace.  If Terry was to attack every first ball and then let Chester or Baker sweep up behind him with their added pace I think it could be a very strong partnership.
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One of the more prominent oppositions to Terry that has being doing the rounds on social media is that of his character. I, like many others, was there at Villa Park when Terry essentially got Christian Benteke sent off. That day, with my Villa hat on, I thought that what Terry did was cheating and a disgrace. Now, with a slightly more objective viewpoint, I can see that it was actually very clever play by an experienced pro.
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At the time, Benteke was the biggest and pretty much only threat we had. Terry knew this, and so got into a battle with him. Being inexperienced, Benteke fell into the trap and became more bothered with the duel than with the game as a whole. This culminated in Villa being reduced to ten men and ultimately losing the game. If JT can nullify our opposition this season as well as he did to Benteke that day then we really will be in business. It won’t be pretty at times but it really is effective.
His ‘tactics’ during the game can be aptly summed up by one of football’s oldest clichés; ‘if he plays against you, you hate him, but if he plays for you, you love him’. A phrase that was used to describe the signing of Henri Lansbury back in January.
Another criticism of the transfer has been the fact that it is a lot of money for a 36-year-old who probably won’t be able to play every game. The reported wage figures vary from £60 – £100k a week which is an enormous amount of money, no two ways about it. This money, however, can feasibly be recouped. Terry is a massive coup, especially for a Championship side and shirt sales are likely to sky rocket once the new kit is released with ‘Terry’ printed on the back. 
With the signing of another CB, it is likely that either Micah Richards or Tommy Elphick will leave this summer. The transfer fee and wages for these players are likely to go a long way to covering the wages John Terry will be picking up in B6.
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I’d like to end this blog by saying how impressed I am that this signing has been confirmed, as it really is a statement of intent from Dr Tony Xia and Steve Bruce. John Terry and Aston Villa are massive names in English football and deserve to be in the Premier League. Hopefully Terry’s guidance on and off the pitch can lead us back to where we belong come May.
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