The Aston Villa fans are here in the Tavern tonight and following on from John Terry’s signing, another experienced top flight player has joined.
It has been confirmed that Glenn Whelan has left Stoke after nearly a decade at the club to join Championship side, Aston Villa.
Combined with John Terry, that’s 768 Premier League games between them and with those games, comes a lot of experience.
It was the right time for Villa to drop into the Championship in 2016. However, whilst Newcastle went straight back up and Norwich only just missed out on the play-offs, Aston Villa finished 13th.
As a club they are going through a rebuilding phase right now so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them finish in a similar position come the end of next season.
But with the sheer experience and leadership qualities both Terry and Whelan bring to the side, they could definitely push on for promotion.
Whelan’s ability to remain switched on for the full 90 minutes will be key for Villa and on the off chance that he does switch off, a back line featuring John Terry is there to cover.
Obviously their age mean that if they are to help Villa back up to the top flight, they need to do it sooner rather than later.
Although even if they can’t play all the games next season, they will be a voice in the dressing room.
Younger centre-backs or defensive midfielders can learn so much from these two, they could be helping even after they leave the club or retire.
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