The end of the road for Cissokho?

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Full back Cissokho is on verge of leaving Aston Villa

It looks more and more likely that Aly Cissokho is set to leave Aston Villa. He has not travelled with the rest of the squad to a pre-season trip to Portugal, instead of staying in London.

He is reportedly set to join Goztepe, a Turkish side, and this is far from surprising. At the moment, I would class him as our third string left-back. Looking back on his time at Villa, I’m sure I’m not the only one who isn’t upset to see him go.

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When he joined us in 2014 after an unsuccessful loan spell at Liverpool, I was sceptical but still hopeful that he could maybe be a solid fullback in the Premier League. He had played for clubs such as Porto, Lyon and Valencia and had even made a solitary appearance for France back in 2010. It was never the right fit though. Honestly, when I think of Cissokho, I think of one of the least inspiring teams in Villa’s history. My overriding memory of him as a player is a pretty horrendous own goal against Arsenal. This will probably go down as his only goal for Villa.

Cissokho frequently lost his place in the side to Jordan Amavi and Kieran Richardson. When he was playing he did look out of his depth most of the time although, to be fair, that was the same for most of our players from his arrival to our inevitable exit from the Premier League in 2016. At the moment, Neil Taylor is simply a better option. Even Amavi, who a lot of the time looks like he has little idea what defending is, is probably a more popular option at the position.

At the moment, Neil Taylor is simply a better option. Even Amavi, who a lot of the time Neil Taylor is a preferred option to Aly Cissokholooks like he has little idea what defending is, is probably a more popular option at the position.

I don’t attach any hard feelings towards him but he needs to be part of the big clear out and try and get first team football elsewhere. We find ourselves with a lot of full backs now, especially with young James Bree and Ritchie De Laet returning from injury. It seems mutually beneficial that Aly moves on and, although I don’t expect he will be sold for much, he will free up some wage space. He has struggled with injury whilst in England, during his time at Villa and Liverpool, and so hopefully he’ll stay healthy and do well for Gotzepe.

It seems mutually beneficial that Aly moves on and, although I don’t expect he will be sold for much, he will free up some wage space. He has struggled with injury whilst in England, during his time at Villa and Liverpool and so hopefully he’ll stay healthy and do well for Gotzepe.

Understandably, this isn’t really the bit of transfer news that Villa fans are most interested in at the minute. Terry’s arrival and Cissokho’s departure seem equally inevitable, but you just never know in football. Let’s wait and see, shall we?

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