Date: 4th June 2018 at 7:00pm
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John Terry’s announcement that he would be leaving was as a major setback coming off the back of our playoff final loss. With limited funds, we’ll have to replace our captain this summer.

It won’t be easy but I have put together a list of four centre-backs who could do the job playing alongside James Chester at the heart of our defence next season.

Cameron Carter-Vickers

The American international impressed on loan from Tottenham at Ipswich Town last campaign. He has recently signed a new deal with the Premier League club, and it’s likely he’ll be available for a temporary move once again.

He played 34 times in the league and has a good deal of experience playing in the Championship. Although he won’t give us the experience Terry offered, he could learn a thing or two playing alongside Chester, and the pair could complement each other well.

We should also have a good relationship with Spurs after giving another loanee Josh Onomah a good amount of game time.

Robert Huth

The German would be an option if we are seeking to replace experience with another wise old head. At 33 years of age, the defender is coming to the end of his career, but as a key part of Leicester’s Premier League title-winning team, he may be a player worth considering.

His injury record is a major concern, and he spent a large part of last season on the sidelines with an ankle injury. He is available on a free transfer, and it may not be a bad idea to offer him a short-term deal or a pay-as-you-play contract.

Axel Tuanzebe

This signing may be the most likely as it has been reported that the Manchester United loanee may extend his deal at Villa Park for a further year even though we remain in the Championship.

When he was fit, Steve Bruce utilised the defender as a full-back, but with his best position being at centre-back, he would likely be given opportunities in the middle if he were to stay.

Matthew Pennington

The Everton defender recently signed a new three-year deal at the Merseyside club, but he spent last season out on loan at Leeds. Although the 23-year-old was part of a defence that leaked 64 goals last season, he may benefit by having more experienced players like Chester and Elmohamady around him.

Much will depend on whether he is a part of new manager Marco Silva’s first-team plans. If he isn’t, another loan spell away from Goodison Park is likely, and he could be an option to consider.

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3 Replies to “Four Centre Backs That Villa Could Go After This Summer”

  • Providing we have the right manager, in ( not Bruce),use the academy,stop this garbage
    Of over paid mercenaries,and Dads army flops blocking the youth coming through.
    Wake up ,it does not work ,it only bankrupts Avfc

  • Couldn’t agree more with the above. I must be the only Villa fan so sick of the backwards, sideways and more backwards and the tactical formation of a “back 9” leaving an isolated lone striker to feed off clearances and hoofs from the back, that I gave up my ticket for the final, and I’ve been going since December 1st 1961!

    I maybe the only Villa fan actually looking forward to next season when the over paid and over experienced (and experienced in what exactly!) may possibly make way for energy, pace and enthusiasm in the form of O’Hare, RHM, Davis, Doyle-Hays et al

    Maybe then we can have something other than tedious mediocrity to celebrate

  • Axel Tuanzebe, no thanks, too many injuries and looked off the pace. As Laudrup says, lets bring our own through instead of training players for other clubs. It’s madness

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