John Terry signs, Official

So footy’s worst kept secret has happened then and we welcome John Terry to the Villa squad.
Tony Xia has been up to his usual tricks and posted it on Twitter, which I’m not convinced is the best way to go about it, but it does seem to be popular with the fans, so I’m not complaining.

It’s an interesting signing, if not mostly because if the rumoured £4-5 million (including promotion bonuses) is true, we’ve shattered our wage structure, in going from a previous cap of around £56k a week to nearer £100k.
That’s massive money for any player, let alone a Championship player, although it could easily be said that Terry is still easily good enough for the Premier league.

I feel quite good about this signing, as it’s a massive coup, when you consider the likes of Swansea, Bournemouth and I believe WBA were interested in him too.

But his signing is also quite a big gamble, in my opinion.
His leadership and authority in the game are beyond question and I’m sure he’ll offer both to the team/squad, but my bigger concern is more about his actual ability to play.
Will he be able to cope with the rigours of Championship football?
Steve Bruce must think he’s up to it (or maybe he plans to use him selectively?) and it seems the player has been keeping himself fit, having undergone fitness sessions even while he was on holiday. You can’t say he isn’t committed to looking after himself, but will that committment carry over to Aston Villa?
You have to think or at least hope that it will and Terry certainly seems to be the type that puts everything into his job.

The player is questionable in other areas outside of football, but I’m going to concentrate more on what he can actually bring to us, which is a fair amount.
Hence I look forward to him leading us on a charge, which will ultimately see us get promoted.
If that happens he’ll have been worth every penny and I won’t begrudge him any of it.
But if it goes boobs up, it’ll just be the latest in a long list of desperately poor signings on big money.

One little thing that’s been bugging me in this saga.
What’s that rubbish about, where apparently the player didn’t want to have to face Chelsea?
Surely he could have just had a clause put in his contract, where he didn’t play against them?
Oh well, no matter.

In short, welcome, John Terry!


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  1. Original london lion
    Original london lion July 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm .

    I would like to see Hart at VP. Pity about Hutton, once he is out I will be able to buy a ticket for games without breaking my vow about the squad that got us relegated.

    Returning to the GK and criticism of Hart. You are perhaps forgetting that all attackers are not the same quality. Where do you find the best attackers? in the Champions League and International games. That is the arena Hart has been working in, the toughest test for a GK. Put him in the Championship and I think his performance will appear to improve – because what he is up against, won’t be as good as his recent opponents. If you stuck him back in the PL and then ranked keepers he would be in the top 10.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm .

      I disagree there are some good finishers in that league. You can be the best keeper in the planet but a good shot is a good shot. Even a conference player could beat De Gea if he gets shot right. Also you forget that a lot of goals conceded by Hart are unforced errors that will happen in any division

  2. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson July 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm .

    Aston Villa fans shocked by rumours linking club to Joe Hart
    The majority of Aston Villa fans are not quite convinced that the club will sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart this summer.

    The Championship outfit’s odds have shortened to 7/4 on Sky Bet, with only West Ham United in a better position (6/4) to sign the England international.

    It is widely expected that Hart will move on from the two-time Premier League champions after it was made clear by manager Pep Guardiola that he was not wanted.

    After losing his first-team spot at the start of last season, the 30-year-old joined Serie A club Torino on loan, but he has since returned.

    Numerous Premier League clubs have been linked to the goalkeeper, but the betting giants suggest that Championship side Villa are in with a shout.

    The Midlands club have already pulled off a coup by signing John Terry on a one-year deal after he left Chelsea following a 22-year spell.

    Despite that shock move coming to pass, Villa fans are not very confident that Hart will follow, but instead believe that Sam Johnstone could join from Manchester United.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm .

      Johnstone is 4/7 to come so that seems more likeky

  3. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson July 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm .

    The Mirror reports that Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan. This comes after Sky Bet Championship rivals Derby County ended their interest in the Republic of Ireland international, parting way for Steve Bruce to get his man.

    The 33-year-old has been a big hit at Stoke since making the move from Sheffield Wednesday for £500,000 back in 2008. Since then, he has made well over 250 appearances for the club, helping them win promotion into the Premier League and reach the final of the FA Cup. Aston Villa look set to complete their second summer signing, the first being ex-Chelsea and England captain John Terry.

    Bruce is said to have been keen to add more bite to his midfielder department. Whilst he has the likes of Henri Lansbury, Aaron Tshibola, Conor Hourihane, Birkir Bjarnason, Gary Gardner and Mile Jedinak, he still wants a certain type of player. However, the deal to bring Whelan to Villa Park won’t be completed officially until later this month as the Championship club firstly want to remove a lot of dead wood from their squad. Possibly some of the players mentioned previously could be heading on. Certainly players like Carles Gil, Carlos Sanchez and Aly Cissokho, along with Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout, seem primed to depart at some stage.

    In the case of Derby, it means Rowett focuses elsewhere as he looks to add to his central midfielder options at Pride Park. Will Hughes departed for Watford earlier this summer, meaning there is still a void to be filled

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm .

      Your assuming we will sell all these players. Remember they are in more money at villa so will be unlikely to want to leave unless we pay them off or they go to a bigger club

  4. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 July 6, 2017 at 4:57 pm .

    Also being linked to Elmohamady from Hull – thoughts anyone?

    As an aside, if Cissoko and Amavi are leaving don’t we need another left back?

    1. nath
      nath July 6, 2017 at 7:24 pm .

      Elmonhandy is a player i have seen for hull. he is a better crosser of the ball than hutton. but bree is fairly decent at crossing. the other right full back de laet i havent seen enough of.

      he is a player bruce knows well and trusts. which tells me bruce doesn’t trust a few of them. to actually do their jobs. if he wants to play 352 this is a formation which Elmonhandy played under bruce. also played the system well. hutton can not cross the ball so can’t play wing back bree could not sure about laet

  5. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson July 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm .

    Might mean he knows now the weaknesses Hitch, Whelan almost with us and don’t forget young guns ready to move up makes me think he’s had his fill of the old squad. I’m beginning to get excited.

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 July 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm .

      Good call Bill. Mail saying Lyden likely to figure this season – supposed to be good young player (Aussie mid fielder) but was injured most of last season.

  6. nath
    nath July 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm .

    i think we need a goal keeper poll 🙂

    i like both mentioned, hart is obviously better keeper. but both are very capable of being number 1 for this current season.

    sevilla are haggling over a few million with villa but they just recieved 12million from liecester for one of their players 29 year old. amavi is worth miles more than the price villa are demanding from them and yet they are haggling over a few million. looking at the pictures of training amavi is looking committed still which is good. just been reading veretout is also training well

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson July 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm .

      Good suggestions Nath, a poll on goalkeepers that might confuse Oohah though, still he’s already a dot com member.😀

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 July 6, 2017 at 8:38 pm .

        Nath, Bill – the Brum Mail heard you – 64% in favour of Hart at present.

        I suppose it makes sense to have a more experienced goalie if we get promoted to the Prom – at least it was a straight pole and they didn’t include Ruddy 🙂

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm .

          Until I see Hart on the golf course with Bruce I will never believe this is happening

          1. nath
            nath July 7, 2017 at 6:55 am .

            with bruces son as well lol he must be a secret agent

  7. DSVilla
    DSVilla July 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm .

    On the captain issue I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that Terry said he doesn’t mind whether he is captain or not. If that’s the case maybe best left with Chester, who I think was one of the big pluses last season.

  8. Langfordvilla
    Langfordvilla July 6, 2017 at 9:20 pm .

    DS….not really, got the granddaughter to type it 🙂


    1. DSVilla
      DSVilla July 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm .

      Ha nice one!

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm .

      She types more sense than you ever did 😄

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