Ron Atkinson believes Aston Villa should have signed Gary Cahill

Former West Bromwich Albion manager Ron Atkinson watches a video tribute during a memorial service for former West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa football player Cyrille Regis at The...

Should Aston Villa have signed Gary Cahill this summer?

Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea and Gary Cahill of Chelsea celebrates with the Europa League Trophy following there team's victory in the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal...

Ron Atkinson believes Aston Villa should have signed reported target Gary Cahill as he stated that he is like a 'younger version of John Terry'.

Centre-back Cahill was a free-agent following the expiry of his Chelsea contract - he came through the ranks at Villa Park as a youngster. 

 

But in May, the Sun reported that Cahill was on Villa's radar, as the Midlands outfit had just earned promotion to the Premier League, at that time. 

Speaking to BBC Radio West Midlands Football Phone-In (06/08/2019), former Villa manager Atkinson explained why Villa should have signed Cahill. 

"One player I would have liked to have seen them sign was Cahill," Atkinson told BBC Radio WM. "I know he's gone to Crystal Palace, but I think Cahill would have been a good signing for them.

"Just to give that knowhow and experience. A bit like a younger version of John Terry when he came to the club."

Chelsea give Gary Cahill of Chelsea a celebratory send off by throwing him into the air ahead of his retirement from football during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Watford...

Cahill has since signed for Crystal Palace as Villa decided to sign a number of young and hungry players over the course of the summer.

Tyrone Mings was going to be the obvious capture, as was Kortney Hause, but along with them, Ezri Konsa and Bjorn Engels have also joined the club.

In terms of Premier League experience, that will come from James Chester, whilst John Terry, who is now assistant, can also provide feedback to the players. 

Assistant Head Coach, John Terry speaks with Manager of Aston Villa Dean Smith during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Charlton and Aston Villa at The Valley on July 27, 2019 in...

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