Big Ron: ‘Villa needed this man’

By Graham Hill

RON Atkinson believes Villa should have signed one more player win the summer transfer window – Gary Cahill.

Villa are thought to have explored the possibility of signing Cahill as a free agent after he was released by Chelsea last season.

But it is believed the ex-England defender’s wages were too hefty and – at the age of 33 – he would not have fitted into the criteria of young and hungry players Dean Smith has assembled this season.

Ex-Villa boss Atkinson says Cahill would have followed in the footsteps of John Terry had he come back to the club where he spent four seasons before being sold by Martin O’Neill.

Big Ron told BBC Radio WM: ”One player I would have liked to have seen them sign was Cahill.

”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.”

Villa did not bring in any new faces on transfer deadline day even though Smith it clear earlier on in the week that the club’s business was still not finished.

Brentford’s Algeria midfielder Said Benrahma was top of his wanted list, but the Bees would not lower their asking price. Villa were also linked with a number of foreign based strikers – but no further details materialised but there was some good news with midfielder John McGinn signing a new five year contract.

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