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Transfer Flashbacks: John Terry

Transfer Flashbacks: John Terry

Transfer flashback:

After slumping to a 13th place finish in the Championship during the 2016/17 season, Aston Villa made a huge statement of intent at the beginning of the 2017 summer transfer window by signing John Terry on a free transfer on July 3rd after he called time on his career with Chelsea.

The 78-time capped England international arrived with a reputation for being one of the best no-nonsense, determined and passionate centre-backs of the Premier League era, so it was no surprise that the Villa supporters were absolutely delighted by a signing which would ultimately transform their fortunes in the second-tier of English football.

And plenty of Chelsea supporters were also eager to wish Terry luck and tip Villa for a successful season with their hero marshalling the back-four.

Although there were a handful of sceptics who believed Terry was past the level required to thrive in the Championship, he went on to enjoy a tremendous season at the heart of Villa’s back-four.

Alongside James Chester, Terry formed a formidable defensive partnership which represented the backbone of Villa’s promotion push.

Terry’s rich experience in the game provided the club with a valuable asset in defence where he was consistent with his performances and a leadership figure for the younger players to look up to.

His impact enabled Villa to reach the playoff final where they were ultimately beaten 1-0 by Fulham at Wembley, ending a fairytale story for the 37-year-old in his first season away from Chelsea since 2000.

The supporters who welcomed Terry with open arms and praised Tony Xia’s decision were certainly prophetic in their assessment – perhaps the only disappointment for the fans is that he only remained at Villa Park for a single season.

Aston Villa fans – thoughts on Terry’s impact last season? Let us know below!

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