Chelsea legend John Terry set to leave Aston Villa

28 May, 2018, 16:42 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • English Championship Play-Off Report: Aston Villa v Fulham 26 May 2018

Scott Hogan also glanced a header wide of the far post and it proved to be Villa's last effort as Fulham secured a deserved return to the top flight after relegation to the Championship in 2014.

Fulham booked their place in next season's Premier League after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday.

Villa, owned by Chinese businessman Tony Xia, paid the price for a limp first half and are faced with a third successive season outside the Premier League, a stark reality given a reduction in the parachute payments could lead to the sale of their stars. The 19-year-old left-sided player is widely regarded as one of the most talented youngsters in the English game and he will be able to test himself on the country's highest stage next season.

Steve Bruce's Villa, meanwhile, overcame Middlesbrough 1-0 across 180 minutes of action.

John Terry is out of contract and the outstanding loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will surely find a top-tier club to sign him permanently from Manchester United while Alan Hutton, Mile Jedinak and James Chester are all creaking.

It is expected, however, that both will leave Wednesday when their deals run out.


That figure rises to £280m if the winners survive just one season in the Premier League, according to BBC Sport.

"I have got a lot of responsibly in this team and I try and make us play".

Fulham, whose style of play under Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic earned plaudits this season, were the first to settle and scored from the game's first piece of quality football.

"I think that's why I said we needed to win today".

Perhaps the biggest moment of note in the opening 45 minutes was a stamp by Ryan Fredericks on Jack Grealish that took place right in front of the benches and Bruce was incensed when the Fulham player went unpunished. Jack Grealish, the best player on the pitch against Fulham despite seeing the artist-artisan balance tilted firmly against his side, asked Villa's press officer to shield him from the media as he walked through the mixed zone and it would be a leap of faith to predict him talking as their player again. In the second half, we were much better. "We know what is ahead of us". He was tricked by Grealish and could only clumsily bring the 22 year old down.

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