As is always the way in the transfer window, there’s lots of gossip and lots of rumours a strife. This summer, however, the big talking point regarding Aston Villa’s business during the window is the buy-to-sell policy the club looks set to follow. With some fans, this will come as a bit of a shock given the how to smash and grab Villa’s last two windows have been under Dr Tony Xia.
Really it should come as no shock though. You can’t run a football club by just bringing players in and not transfer any out. Also, the owner has tweeted a large part of the buy-to-sell policy is due to FIFA Fair Play rules. The amount of dead wood currently on the club’s books is enough to build a small raft so to speak. I’d expect a large clear out before we begin to sign players to strengthen our current side.
Going through our current squad I would quite comfortably say you could get rid of almost an entire match day squad worth of players. Players I expect to leave this summer –
Libor Kozak – Kozak, a player that unfortunately struggled with injuries on top of injuries during his stay at Villa Park has seen his contract come to an end and has now been released by the club. Sadly things didn’t quite go to plan with the big striker due to his multiple long affairs with the treatment room. Wish him all the best for the future.
Jed Steer – The former Norwich City goalkeeper was brought in as a young promising player under Paul Lambert. Steer’s been at the club since 2013 but only actually made 1 league appearance for the Villans in that time. With it looking like a deal to bring Johnstone back again for the new season, Gollini still being on the books, it looks as though now may be the time for Steer to perhaps seek a transfer elsewhere.
Jordan Amavi – Amavi, It’s fair to say has split opinions this season. No one (Including Bruce it seems) really knows what his strongest position is. Is it Left Back, Left Wing or Left Wing Back? I have no idea. Since the reports of a £25m transfer bid come in for him in January came about it looks as though the players head has been turned and his performances have declined as an effect. To me, I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t try and engineer a move away from B6 this summer.
Micah Richards – Once the club captain of a Premier League Aston Villa outfit. Now a mere squad filler who barely even manages to kick a ball for the club in the Championship. A break up would be best for both parties in my opinion.
Tommy Elphick – Elphick is a player I have great respect for. Not because he has the fantastic ability or that he’s a fans favourite but simply because he tries and it’s clear to see. Something that has become a rare site from an Aston Villa player. However, despite how hard he tries he’s always prone to at least one major defensive error during 90 minutes which for me is far too risky and it seems Steve Bruce feels the same with Baker and Chester becoming the regular centre-back pairing.
Gary Gardner – Is Gardner still the young player with the potential to be Villas midfield talisman? It seems like a no. Despite him having his best season personally for Villa to date during the 2016/17 campaign he still just doesn’t seem like he’ll cut it. As much as fans including myself would like to see it happen he just isn’t quite at the same standard as our other midfield options.
Pierluigi Gollini – Gollini will start the 2017/28 season with Serie A side Atalanta fulfilling his loan deal. Even though the former Manchester United academy player is only out on a loan deal it doesn’t look like he’ll be part of the Villa managers plans so to me why not sell him on rather than continue to pay him whilst he provides nothing for our club. Maybe Atalanta will look for a permanent transfer?
Carles Gil – Gil spent last season out on loan with Deportivo La Coruna who he was hoping to land a permanent transfer this summer but it looks as though Villas price tag is too much for the Spanish outfit to afford. With that being said it does look as though the little attacker will have offers from elsewhere in La Liga.
Jordan Veretout – The Frenchman made it very clear this time last year that he did not want to be involved with the Villa at all anymore. For that reason, I believe both himself and his agent will be doing everything in there power to secure a transfer elsewhere this summer.
Carlos Sanchez – ‘La Roca’ is another player to have spent last season out on loan and will most likely be looking to secure a more permanent move to a club currently playing in one o Europes major leagues.
Maybes – This then brings me to the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Alan Hutton and Leandro Bacuna. Is Gabby still the threat he once was? For me no. Granted he’s an experienced head in the dressing room but is he really the ideal person for our young players to be looking up to? Also is that one goal against the Blues last season enough to forgive him of all the sins of our final year in the top flight? let’s not forget the game against Spurs where he touched the ball a measly three times, two of them being kick-offs.
Bacuna was another player who had last season’s demise to make up for. Yet again I don’t really think he did enough. He seems to be more interested in living the life of a footballer than being an actual footballer. Bacuna has gone from a player I had high hopes for after a promising first season in B6 to one I now can’t wait to see the back of.
The Scottish Cafu. Marmite. Love him or hate him. Hutton is one of few players to actually turn his fortunes around at Aston Villa. After being demoted to Paul Lambert’s ‘Bomb Squad’ he’s worked his way back into the side and become a strong favourite among some fans. However, I can’t help but think it’s time we parted ways and allowed the likes of Bree to step up and really stamp their mark on the right-back position.
Look out for Part 2 this evening.