Former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Aston Villa’s acquisition of John Terry last summer “go down as one of the signings of the season”.

Terry represented Chelsea between 1995 and 2017 before leaving the Blues at the end of the 2016-17 campaign on a free transfer.

It was Villa that won the race to bring the 37-year-old to the Championship, and the former England captain has impressed for Steve Bruce’s side this season.

Indeed, Terry’s performances have been key in firing Villa up the table in recent weeks, with the team currently occupying third spot in the division behind Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City.

Redknapp has said that Terry’s influence in the dressing room and around the club is just as important as his form on the field.

Redknapp told the Daily Mail:

“This week I bumped into John Terry at an Italian restaurant and it got me thinking about what a superb season he has had.

“Aston Villa invested in Terry, now 37, by taking on his wages and if they get promoted to the Premier League, he will have been worth every penny. What you don’t see is the influence he has in that dressing room.

“A bad atmosphere can set in but it only takes one or two lads like JT and that can soon change. Villa are third in the Championship and their new leader can go down as one of the signings of the season.”

Villa will attempt to make it back-to-back Championship wins when they welcome Queens Park Rangers to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

Matt Law