Steve Cotterill praises Aston Villa’s John Terry

Steve Cotterill, Manager of Birmingham looks on ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City at John Smith's Stadium on January 27, 2018 in...

Aston Villa and Birmingham City will face each other in the Championship this afternoon.

Steve Cotterill, Manager of Birmingham looks on ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City at John Smith's Stadium on January 27, 2018 in...

Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill has told The Birmingham Mail that John Terry has been a good signing for Aston Villa.

Cotterill has praised Villa manager Steve Bruce for signing Terry in the summer of 2017.

The Villans recruited the services of the 37-year-old former England international central defender following his departure from Premier League club Chelsea at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on January 6, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Cotterill told The Birmingham Mail: “Steve Bruce has done a good job there and bringing John Terry into the dressing room, I think has been vital for him. Obviously him coming back into the team has coincided with their good form again.

“We were mooted to be looking for John’s services and obviously he decided to go to Aston Villa at the time.”

Keinan Davis and John Terry of Aston Villa applaud the fans after the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Aston Villa at Deepdale on November 1, 2017 in Preston,...

Great signing

Terry has had injury issues at Villa this season, but the 37-year-old’s performances for the Villans have been encouraging.

The centre-back has scored one goal in 20 Championship matches for Villa so far this campaign.

The five-time Premier League and one-time Champions League winner has brought to Villa his vast experience and a winning mentality.

Terry is likely to start for Villa against Birmingham at Villa Park in the Championship this afternoon.

The Villans, who are aiming to finish in the top six of the Championship this season, will head into the Second City derby as favourites.

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