John Terry. A household name across England and, perhaps, across the world. The epitome of the one club man (other than a brief loan at Nottingham Forest). Until now that is. Recently, John Terry signed for Championship outfit Aston Villa on a free transfer in the hope that he can be a catalyst for the club and their return to the heights of Premier League football.
Villa fans are waiting with baited breath to see how their veteran centre-back will perform in the second flight, and so are we here at The Boot Room. That’s why we have used Football Manager 2017 to simulate how Terry might perform at the helm of the Villa defence.
For those that don’t know, Football Manager is a painstakingly well-researched simulation game. Sports Interactive have various employed scouts and volunteers that watch game after game and training session after training session to ensure the attributes they give to the players are as correct as possible.
In Football Manager 2017, here is what John Terry looks like:
At the age of 35 (He’s currently 36 and will be at the start of the season) in game, Terry has been retired from international football for four years. Technically, the Englishman still has something to offer. With an above average first touch, and decent finishing for a veteran central defender, he will offer something going forward as well as defensively. His heading is his best technical attribute and will offer both offensive and defensive incentives to the side. His marking, tackling, passing and technique are all superb for a defender (with some of these to be expected).
Physically, he’s strong and naturally fit, but in terms of speed, agility, pace and acceleration, he’s slow and groggy – and this might let the team down.
Mentally, is where Terry is strongest. He’s a hard worker, a wonderful, brave leader and fits in well within any given team. As well as this, he’s able to anticipate the game well, concentrates throughout the entirety of a game and is aggressive when necessary.
So, onto the simulation….
In his first five games for the club, John Terry has planted the seed to be considered a success in the eyes of the Villa faithful. He’s received a Player Of The Match award, provided an assist, has an 88% passing rate and an average rating of 7.58. However, his positive performances have not translated into results and the Midlands outfit are languishing in 11th position.
Terry’s arrival has left Micah Richards out in the cold, with the former captain making no appearances within the first month of Championship football. Within the five games, Terry has been booked twice, so he should tread carefully from this point.
The side have won four out of seven games, drawing two and losing the other one.
By January 1st, Terry has made 24 appearances, increasing his assist tally by two. He now has five Player Of The Match awards and is by far the best player in the team with an average rating of 7.41, with Conor Hourihane in second – with an average rating of 7.28.
In nineteen games Terry has only received three more yellow cards, meaning he is keeping his temper subdued. He’s managed to keep his passing success at an impressive 85%, and 50% of his shots are on target, which is exceptional for a defender.
Villa aren’t perhaps utilising Terry to his full potential, using Tommy Elphick and James Chester as their Captain and Vice-Captain, but he has played every game this season other than one. The side are still sat in 11th at this point in the season, but are only four points away from the playoffs. Can Terry stay fit in the final part of the season and help Villa towards promotion?
By the end of the season, John made 45 appearances for Aston Villa – making him the fourth most played player in the Villains squad. He also finished the season with seven Player Of The Match awards. He received one injury all season, a broken nose.
His average rating by the end of the season improved by 0.01% compared to January, and he was in fact the best player in the squad by a country mile.
Despite all this, Aston Villa didn’t manage to make the play-offs and finished 9th, which is still an improvement on the previous season. Although they improved, the season also caused them to be placed under a Transfer Embargo, meaning that, because they did not get promoted, they would not be able to make any transfers next season.
So, judging by Football Manager, Terry’s season will be great, and Aston Villa fans should be excited for what is to come. Fingers crossed that those fans don’t experience the same as these virtual supporter in terms of their final position, though.