Date: 4th September 2018 at 7:00am
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Following the embarrassing and shambolic 4-1 defeat to Sheffield United at the weekend, talk of a return for John Terry to Aston Villa is doing the rounds again.

With no clear move for a defender made in sensible time ahead of the transfer window closing, and even Steve Bruce admitting that a deal for Harold Moukoudi felt unlikely to come off after he flew into the club for talks, there was a supposed loan move made for Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna but that was reportedly quickly knocked back owing to the late stage of our approach.

It’s fair to say that having let Tommy Elphick out on loan for some unfathomable reason, defensively our transfer window was as shambolic as the last match.

With Villa still able to add free agents, John Terry is an incredibly easy go-to given his spell with us last season.

Whether Terry was having some fun with the above-referenced poll or not, if he returned this time around it would have to be on a different deal as any gains made on a Financial Fair Play front would likely be lost if he walked back in on his deal last season, but we need to do something as Mile Jedinak is not a centre-half and despite doing his best and putting in some strong showings, whilst the defeat can’t be laid solely at his feet, last weekend showed the position is not natural and he shouldn’t be plugging that gap regularly.

It’s not fair on him.


10 Replies to “No Surprise As To Why This Free Agent Move Is Getting A Second Wind Amongst Villa Fans”

  • Bringing back JT as an emergency CB would, in my opinion, be a mistake. Far better to play Tuanzebe or Bree ( or even Bedeau ) alongside Chester until January at least.
    However, bringing JT back as Assistant Manager to replace Calderwood might just help SB understand modern football.

  • The man (SB) as no shame, he’s made mistakes on and off the pitch, and he’s still here, I see no way forward for Aston Villa with him at the helm, bring Terry back after the transfer deadline? Talk about clutching at straws, he’s 38 for gad sake.
    I’m also beginning to think the new owners are clueless, to sanction Elphicks loan on deadline day with no replacement lined up is suicide, as proven on Saturday.

  • I’d have him back in a heart beat. James Collins is also a free agent and would be perfect for the championship

  • If it wasnt for Xia running into money issues then Terry would likely have stayed on last season. I’d welcome him back tomorrow, not only would he help steady a back line that looks short on confidence he is fantastic around the training ground and dressing room as well. We seem to have lost a little bit of the great team morale from last year.

  • Terry at 38 is obviously not really what we want when trying to build a defence but considering SB has only just stopped thinking about wingers and realised we only have 1 recognised CB, getting Terry in would be better than not getting him in. Our defensive organisation is a joke (2nd worst defence in the league) so JT would help there and its not like he is much slower than Jedinak.

    This reminds me of 2016/17 when SB thought it would be good to sell Gestede at the start of January 2017 with McCormack sent on loan and Kodjia at the African cup of nations leaving us with just Gabby (really!) for the whole month and probably contributed to us overpaying for Hogan!

    SB really needs someone else to deal with transfers – he is consistently found wanting which is a shame because as a tactical motivator in the Championship, I think he is as good as we will likely get.

  • Wasn’t the reason we couldn’t keep Terry FFP? Surely if we had him back on his salary from last season we would be back where we started? Agree that we bought Tuanzebe as a replacement CB so he should start playing there as it’s obvious Jedinak is not a good option in that position. We have talented young players who by now should be given a chance as we can’t keep picking the ‘older’ players. Obviously we have Bolasie and Abraham available after the international break so we need to see them in the first team. Not sure which one will be left back if I’m honest (only joking) but at least SB will have had all the players together for at least a week and obviously our coaching staff will have been sorting them out ready for the Blackburn game I’m sure.

  • No deal. Footballers chat bare rubbish. The only sentimental thing for them is money. Het high asap if still available. Best form of defence is attack. We have no choice now. Our defence has to many holes. Luckily Tammy and kodja could prove deadly. So interesting and happy times being a villa fan. I’m soooooooo positive.

  • Whether JT returns or goes to Sporting is anyone’s guess.

    Maybe Jimmy and Tammy (oh, another JT!) might bail us out, but it will inly be another example of Bruce’s reliance on individuals to paper over his poor brand of football.

    Quite honestly, I feel Bruce is now only hindering progress. With a surplus of players sitting out in the cold and little structure or game plan to work to, I can see a long struggle ahead. That shouldn’t be the case with the size and quality of squad assembled.

    Somone predicted Terry’s original arrival would ultimately herald the demise of Bruce with the ex-Chelsea man taking his crown. Just might happen.

    Time to move on Brucie

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