The Aston Villa fans were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this weekend after their side suffered a crucial blow in their bid to achieve promotion by suffering a 1-0 defeat against Bolton Wanderers at The Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Following a highly encouraging run of form which temporarily gave our resident Villans punters legitimate reason to believe that an automatic promotion place could be on the cards, Villa slipped to back to back defeats last week against QPR and Bolton – a pair of results which effectively ended their hope of securing a 2nd place finish this season.
However, it’s important that the club refuse to allow their heads to drop after a poor week for the club as they still have plenty of work to do to secure their place in the play-offs next season. It would take an extremely barren run of results for Villa to drop out of the promotion places at this stage, but stranger things have certainly happened in football, so it’s vital that they bounce back from their recent disappointment as soon as possible.
But it was not all doom and gloom for Villa this weekend, as reports concerning the future of John Terry (valued at £900k by Transfermarkt) provided a silver lining for the club. According to The Daily Mirror, Villa’s captain believes he has another season left in his legs before he feels the need to retire from professional football, so if the club are to achieve promotion next season, they should certainly ensure that the 37-year-old remains a part of the club.
As things stand Terry’s contract is due to expire at the end of June this year, but considering what he has brought to the club during the current campaign, Steve Bruce would be foolish not to offer him an extension on his current deal. Although Terry is lacking a physical edge now that his peak years are behind him, he offers unrivalled leadership abilities and a wealth of experience at the highest level which more than make-up for his physical shortcomings.
Throughout the entirety of the season so far, Terry has been a rock at the heart of Villa’s defence when fit and able to play, and the fact he was immediately handed the captain’s armband after signing from Chelsea last summer speaks volumes about his importance to the club. Villa will need to invest in new talent if they manage to achieve promotion to the Premier League this year, but no deal will be more important to their survival bid in the top-flight than securing an extension on Terry’s current deal.