Aston Villa are ready to launch a bid to re-sign John Terry just months after the centre-back left Villa Park. The Sun report that Steve Bruce wants to bring back the 37-year-old defender to sure up their leaky defence. The under-fire manager will need the blessing of the new owners if he is to complete a deal to sign the legendary centre-back.
After just six matches, the pressure is on Aston Villa as they find themselves in 12th position. They have only lost once, but that came in their most recent match against Sheffield United. The Blades scored four times and Bruce will be concerned about how easy it was for his defence to be broken down.
The Villains have yet to keep a clean sheet in the Championship this season and that will need to be addressed if they are to achieve promotion back to the Premier League.
Last season, it took Terry some time to adjust to the Championship, but over the course of the campaign, he emerged as a consistent performer for Villa. He played a major role in their run to the play-off final and there will be a feeling of unfinished business. Although the former Chelsea defender has won almost everything to win in the game, a promotion-winning campaign has eluded him. It could be the perfect way to end his career.
It is easy to see why Aston Villa may look at Terry as a solution to their defensive problems, but they would be wiser to steer clear of their former centre-back. The decision was taken at the end of last season to part ways and any attempt to bring him back to the club will look desperate.
The defeat to Sheffield United and their failure to keep a clean sheet are both issues that need to be worked on. However, a declining 37-year-old is unlikely to provide the answer. The club should be looking towards the long-term and building a team capable of challenging in the Premier League.
A better solution will be making the most of what is available in the current squad. Axel Tuanzebe could be moved into a central position and that would allow Mile Jedinak to play in his natural position of defensive midfield. The Australian is a key player for Villa, but he is less effective at centre-back.
It hasn’t been a perfect start for Villa. However, they have only lost one of their six Championship matches and they have a squad that should be challenging for promotion. There is no need to send out the SOS to John Terry.