Aston Villa fans laud John Terry for 'world class' display in Barnsley win

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.

John Terry rolled back the years with a faultless performance against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Aston Villa captain John Terry in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

‘Immense’ was the word Steve Bruce used to describe John Terry’s performance in Aston Villa’s much-needed 3-0 win at Barnsley on Saturday evening.

Villa supporters have certainly had to wait a while to see the best of their marquee summer signing who, at the age of 36 and on huge wages, had been questioned early in the campaign for the odd below-par display.

However, it is performances like the one at Oakwell that explains why Villa supporters expect so much from a veteran centre-back they picked up on a free after he left Chelsea at the end of last season.

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.

Terry barely put a foot wrong against Paul Heckingbottom’s side, providing the foundation for just a second win in eight Championship games for Villa in 2017/18.

The former England skipper may have lost a yard or two of pace as the years have gone by but his positional sense remains exceptional while his willingness to put his body on the line merely highlights the winning mentality that saw Terry lead Chelsea to five Premier League titles.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United battles with John Terry of Chelsea during the FA Cup Final match sponsored by E.ON between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 19,...

And while Terry may be unlikely to add to his cavernous trophy cabinet at Villa, it is this sort of mammoth display that raises hopes that he can inspire the Midlands giants back to the top flight.

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