John Terry’s arrival at Villa Park was greeted with rich enthusiasm from the supporters, but how exactly will he affect the club this season?
Well, his presence alone will provide the outfield squad with an experienced figurehead who is well placed to offer expert advice throughout their push for promotion, and his winning mentality could make all the difference in the dressing room.
He may not be the most qualified or experienced coach but his time at the top level will enable him to offer specialist advice to the Villa squad.
And Terry’s presence could even provide Villa with a significant helping hand in the transfer market as Dean Smith seeks to add new talent to his ranks.
With Villa lining up a move for Swansea City’s Joe Rodon, according to The Sun, Terry could play a decisive role in helping the Villans to fend off competition from the likes of Bournemouth and Southampton.
On paper Southampton and Bournemouth are in pole position to sign the highly impressive 21-year-old Swansea City mainstay, but Terry’s presence at the club may well persuade him to prioritise the quality of his footballing education over a top-flight switch.
Rodon’s contract is due to expire in June 2019 and Villa may well be in a position to offer him Premier League football by then anyway but, even if Smith fails to take his boyhood club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, the opportunity to learn from Terry may prove too tempting for Rodon to turn down.
A natural ball-playing defender by trade, Rodon is tailor made for Smith’s expressive brand of football which places immense value on technical quality, so there is no doubt he would thrive under Villa’s new manager.
Interest will inevitably increase in Rodon if he continues on the upward trajectory he is currently on and doesn’t sign a new deal before the new year, but with Terry at the club Villa have every chance of pulling off an incredibly shrewd deal.
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