Aston Villa news: Dean Smith backed to make this BIG change thanks to John Terry | Football | Sport


That is the opinion of talkSPORT host and former Manchester United and Scotland striker Alan Brazil.

Smith was appointed as the new head coach of Aston Villa on Wednesday, replacing the sacked Steve Bruce.

Smith, who has left fellow Championship side Brentford, will be assisted by Chelsea and England legend Terry.

Terry spent last season at Villa in what turned out to be his final campaign as a player, with him confirming his retirement earlier this week.

Brazil believes the former centre-back can help Smith sort out the leaky Aston Villa defence.

Fifteenth-placed Villa have conceded 20 goals in their 12 Championship games so far this season, with only third-bottom Preston conceding more (24).

And Brazil thinks a change in formation to playing three at the back from Smith could be the plan of action going forward.

“He was favourite, 2/1 favourite for a long time,” Brazil said of Smith.

“It’s a shame for Brentford because he’s done a great job there. I mean a great job.

“I think they’re going in at, not a perfect time because they’re leaking goals.

“So John hopefully can go in and sort that out. But they’re lacking in personnel at the back.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do, how they’re going to sort that through the middle with the two centre-backs.

“Are they going to play three at the back and have a holding player just to stop the goals going in?

“But timing, a couple of wins and they’re right up there and it will be a full Villa Park.”

Smith’s first game in charge will be at home to Swansea on October 20.

Graham Potter’s side are 11th as they look to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

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