Villans legend shares something he was surprised to see at Aston Villa

Thomas Hitzlsperger of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Everton at Madejski Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Reading, England.

Aston Villa pulled off a major coup during the summer transfer window.

Frazer Richardson of Leeds United is challenged by Thomas Hitzlsperger of Aston Villa during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on...Thomas Hitzlsperger

Ex-Villa ace Thomas Hitzlsperger lavished praise upon summer signing John Terry, when writing his column for the club's official website, labelling the 36-year-old as a great coup for his former club.

The west Midlands outfit have enjoyed a relatively successful campaign thus far, and the former Chelsea and England captain has played a pivotal role for them since making his summer switch.

There are only three clubs in the Championship who have better defensive records than Villa, and Terry's addition the the heart of their defence has undoubtedly made them a more solid outfit.

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.

The 36-year-old is unfortunately set to be out for up to three months, however, after breaking a bone in his foot during the Villans' clash with Sheffield Wednesday 11 days ago.

And Hitzlsperger highlighted how much of a blow Terry's absence will be for Steve Bruce, when writing his column for AVFC.co.uk, as his former side look to cement their position inside the top six of the Championship table:

"I was pleasantly surprised to see John Terry sign on in the summer. I played against him quite a few times during my time in England, and it was a great coup by the club. It's a shame he's now injured for a while, but he's been great so far. A player with his experience and personality helps the younger players in particular. It's great that someone of his calibre has decided to join and I really hope he recovers quickly so we can bring him back into the side."

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

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Next up for Villa is a trip to London to take on Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, and they will quickly have to get used to playing without their influential skipper, if they are to maintain their place inside the play-off spots.

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