Talking to a West Bromwich Albion fan today about Villa signing John Terry, and he couldn’t understand why JT signed for the Villa over his club, I didn’t even know that they were interested in him. He really thought that Terry could still do a job in the Premier League, I agreed with him that he cloud still do a job in the top flight. But I had long worked out why I thought John Terry decided to come and play for Aston Villa and not his club or Birmingham City.
I couldn’t see Terry wanting to go to anything other than a top club in the Premier League and maybe he would have considered it, if there had been an offer, I guess there wasn’t one. I said to the baggie fan, that Terry wouldn’t want to go to a club like Stoke City or your club West Bromwich Albion just to exist, there wouldn’t be a challenge there for him. There has to be something really meaningful attached to a clubs cause for him to join, he saw it in Aston Villa.
And as far as going to America or more so China, I don’t think he would have been able to handle the harsh cultural change in regards to China. Yes, he could have made a lot more money by going to one of those countries, but he’s already a multi millionaire, and that would have been way to easy. I think that John Terry sees America and China as the final nail in his playing career, retirement! Maybe when he’s got Villa back into the Premier League, who knows what he might do then.
Why Aston Villa? Terry was never going to join Birmingham City, even if they would have offered him £200,000 per week, Aston Villa is the biggest club in the Championship, so there has to be something in that! As daft as it might seem to some, going down into the Championship represents a huge challenge to Terry. He has never been there before, so wouldn’t it be something if John Terry, under his captaincy could lead Aston Villa back into the Promised Land? Now that is a real challenge, and I believe it’s a challenge that John Terry will relishes and genuinely thinks he can accomplish. UTV