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Aston Villa 2017-18 player preview: John Terry

John Terry could turn out to be one of the most important signings this club has ever made. Does he have enough left in the tank to lift the Claret and Blues to the Premier League?

Aston Villa v Watford - Pre Season Friendly
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 29: John Terry of Aston Villa during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.
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Aston Villa’s biggest signing in years didn’t cost the club a single penny. Well, aside from wages.

Around football, John Terry is known as many things. He served Chelsea for 22 years, becoming a stalwart at centre back for those Blues. He didn’t play in the 2012 Champions League final, yet came out in a full kit to celebrate anyway. He was banned four matches when he was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. He shags his teammates’ wives.

At Chelsea, Terry is a legend. At Villa, his legacy will hinge squarely on one thing this season: promotion.

Terry didn’t play too often for Chelsea last season, but from the looks of preseason, he should slot in as one of the best players in this division. If the Claret and Blues get the promotion job done, he’ll leave behind a great legacy, even if he doesn’t extend his stay another year. If they don’t, though, Terry’s time at Villa will likely be no more than an afterthought, something Paddy Power are still giving Villa fans crap for years later.