What a week!
We are now down so it got me thinking about kind of shape we will take next year.
I’m thinking particularly about which players will leave this summer. I think there could be quite an exodus.
Most of the players I have on my list to go are foreign and many of them actually came in last summer.
The players I think will go are:
There will be some others that I am overlooking but I think it’s hard to see these players putting up with Championship football.
I will not begrudge Amavi a move. Being badly injured so early on was unlucky. Who knows what impact it has had on our season? From the glimpses we saw, he was one of our best players and is certainly too good for the Championship.
One of the first things Gueye said when he moved here was that it was important to be in the Premier League so he could eventually move on to a bigger club. If that still applies, as I expect it very much does, I cannot see him hanging around once we’ve been relegated. As one of our strongest performers, I am sure there will be plenty of options for him.
Gil has been messed around by the club for a couple of seasons now. He is clearly our most creative player yet has been used sparingly. He will have caught someone’s eye and again, as much as I would love him to stay, I can’t see him sticking around for the physical and brutal Championship.
Ayew gives everything in some performances. He is incredibly frustrating as sometimes it looks like he just doesn’t fancy it. I would describe him as a player who can be great but who certainly thinks he is better than he is. I cannot see his ego allowing him to stick with a relegated club. He’ll be off.
Veretout clearly has class. He is another of the players who will have come to Aston Villa to get some Premier League exposure. I really like the way he plays and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I think he would be great for us in the Championship, particularly with his dead ball skills, but I expect him to go.
Okore coming to Villa was a bit of a coup. He was so highly regarded and apparently Chelsea fancied him. Although he can be inconsistent, he is no doubt a quality player and I fully expect him to move on in the summer. Okore is nother player who has suffered with injury problems. Who knows what could have been?
Among others I think will go are Sánchez, Traoré and Sinclair.
It’s no coincidence that the players I am expecting to leave also happen to be our best ones. It’s a shame that we have not managed to shake the status of a feeder club. That is what we still are (and a lot worse besides).
We have to rebuild. Maybe we can do that with some of our home-grown players and young lads coming through the ranks. After this season, we’ll definitely need to dust ourselves down and start again.