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How Twitter reacted to John Terry’s move from Chelsea to Aston Villa

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Having made over 700 appearances for Chelsea, John Terry’s time at the Blues came to an end as he joined Aston Villa on Monday, as announced by the Midland club’s owner on Twitter.

His legacy at the London club will never be forgotten, having captained the Blues for many years while guiding them through large periods of success. His name became synonymous with Chelsea but, as he has aged, his role in the side diminished, especially last season under Antonio Conte.

The Italian manager settled on a back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz which left Terry watching on from the sidelines. The 36-year-old only made nine Premier League appearances, with 33% of them coming from the bench late on in a game.

The move at the end of his contract suited all involved. Here is how Twitter reacted:

It’s fair to say some people were not sure about the signing…

Other fans were happy to see the experienced Englishman join Villa…

Some used the deal as a way to reignite club rivalries…

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And finally, there is always one skeptic…

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How will John Terry fare at Aston Villa? Let us know…

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Aston Villa will be rewarded for their patience by holding onto young defender

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Signed in January on loan from Manchester United, it’s fair to say that Axel Tuanzebe has not quite lived up to expectations at Villa Park with only five league appearances since moving to Birmingham.

The full-back has completed 90 minutes only once since his loan signing and is yet to impress Steve Bruce sufficiently to earn a regular spot in the side, having made back to back starts only once.

Despite that, The Sun say that it is likely that regardless of whether the Villans are promoted or not in the summer, Tuanzebe will remain on loan at Aston Villa next season.

The reports suggest that he will join Manchester United for their pre-season tour of the US for Jose Mourinho to re-evaluate the defender, who he gave a Premier League debut to in May 2017, before opting to send him out on loan.

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That a host of top flight and second tier clubs are still interested despite him not convincing for Villa says a lot about Tuanzebe’s potential. Steve Bruce is a good judge of player potential too, and if he is keen to retain his services then it is for a reason.

Strong in the tackle yet quick, Tuanzebe did not look out of place among the elite when he made his United debut against Arsenal and has not many any clear errors whilst on loan at Villa either.

By sticking with their man, Villa will reap the rewards in the long-term. At Championship level with a full pre-season and regular football behind him, Tuanzebe could easily stake his claim and begin to fulfill his potential.

If Villa are promoted, it’s hard to see how Tuanzebe will become first choice, but he will come cheap and is certainly an interesting option to have amongst the ranks.

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Top Aston Villa talent Easah Suliman is struggling on loan at Grimsby Town

The Aston Villa talent is currently out on loan at Grimsby Town.

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Aston Villa have plenty of young talent coming through of whom the hope will be a future in the first-team. One such player is central defender Easah Suliman. The 20-year-old is a highly-rated local lad who has been considered a top talent for a number of years now.

His reputation is built mainly on his excellent credentials with the England youth teams. The defender has played for his country from under-16 level and has even captained the side at under-16, under-17 and  under-19 level.

At the under-19 level, he helped England win the European Championships last summer and he is now a part of the very successful England under-20 unit, playing six games and scoring two goals at that level.

So Aston Villa are right to have high hopes for his future.

However, he is not currently at the club and has been struggling to make a name for himself during his current loan spell.

Suliman, who has previously been on loan at Cheltenham Town, joined League Two side Grimsby Town on loan until the end of the season back in January.

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It was supposed to see him get a chance of first-team football but he has so far been used sparingly at Blundell Park.

Suliman has played just 58 minutes of first-team football for the Mariners since heading to the League Two side in January.

Aston Villa will undoubtedly be disappointed to see that Suliman has not managed to have an impact in the lower leagues. The problem with a player of Suliman’s style, a confident ball-playing defender, is that in League Two such qualities are not always what a club is looking for.

Suliman is under contract at Aston Villa until 2019 and next season the club need to find him a more suited loan spell if he is to get the first-team football he requires. In the long run, the youngster has all the attributes necessary to be a first-team player at Aston Villa.

But he will need to learn from his tough Grimsby experience and come back to Bodymoor Heath stronger in the summer.

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Should Paul Lambert consider a Gabriel Agbonlahor reunion at Stoke City?

The Stoke City boss got the best out of Agbonlahor at times during his spell at Aston Villa.

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Reports in the press this week are suggesting that Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor may decide to retire from the sport this summer. The Sun is suggesting the striker may decide to hang up his boots this summer should he not receive an offer he deems appropriate.

The former England international is out of contract in the summer and his club has little or no interest in keeping him at Villa Park. After coming through the ranks at the club, Agbonlahor will bring an end to his 17-year association with Aston Villa.

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The striker has struggled with his fitness in recent years and his form has also dropped dramatically but, at just 31-years-old, it would be a strange move to quit altogether.

What Agbonlahor needs is to work with a former boss of his who got some of the best out of him. Paul Lambert had such an impact at Aston Villa. Agbonlahor pushed for an England recall in 2013 under the guidance of the Scottish manager. Lambert had him leaner and smarter in attack and generally, it was a good working relationship.

So could Lambert hand him a life-line?

Lambert looks like he will be managing in the Championship next season. The Stoke City boss saw his side draw 1-1 with Burnley today. The gap between the Potters and survival is getting no smaller.

In order to return to the top-flight Stoke will need some new recruits and Agbonlahor could be perfect.

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Whilst not the player he was five years ago, the experienced attacker has played just six times this season, scoring one goal, this is still a player who was a Premier League star under Lambert’s rule just five years ago.

Of course, he won’t be outpacing many players these days. But his experience and nous could be a vital addition to Stoke’s cause if they are fighting to return to the Premier League next season.

If Lambert can get Agbonlahor anywhere near his best, then the Potters would be on to a winner.

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