Aston Villa have not enjoyed the most promising opening to the campaign with defensive problems characterising their performances thus far.
Indeed, Villa have one of the division’s most leaky defences after conceding 11 goals from their opening 6 fixtures. Although they have only lost 1 of those 6 fixtures there is no doubt that their defensive frailties could prove detrimental in their bid to clinch promotion.
Villa’s defensive shortage has forced Mile Jedinak to settle in at centre-back alongside James Chester whilst summer loan signing Axel Tunzabe has been deployed at right-back despite his preference to play in the centre.
The decision to send Tommy Elphick to Hull City on deadline day raised a few eyebrows as Villa are desperately short of options at the back and it seems his departure has left the club in something of a crisis.
And according to a recent report from The Sun, Steve Bruce has identified the former Villan and Premier League veteran John Terry as the man to solve their defensive crisis.
After a long and illustrious career in the top-flight with Chelsea in which he became a legend for the club after making 492 Premier League appearances and scoring 41 goals, Terry joined Villa last season for a new challenge in the 2nd tier of English football.
Terry was last seen in a Villa shirt at Wembley in May after suffering a 1-0 defeat against Fulham in the playoff final and, despite the fact he enjoyed some success at the heart of defence last season, that should remain the last time he plays for the club.
It’s fair to say that Villa are in trouble with regards to their lack of defensive options, but with Terry set to turn 38 this year he certainly doesn’t represent the answer.
Although Terry is certainly a valuable asset to have in the dressing room, he was beginning to show signs that he is well past his best last season as a severe lack of pace and poor reactions left him exposed at times.
If Villa want to improve their defence they should sign another free agent with fresher legs to offer or boost the 18-year-old Jacob Bedeau into the first-team.
Villa are desperately in need of further depth in central defence, but signing Terry should represent an absolute last resort as he will struggle to reach the level that is required upon a potential return to the club.
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