Now the Season has finished, the players who were out on loan last season have returned to Aston Villa for pre-season. One of these players who have made a returned goes by the name of Aaron Tshibola.
Tshibola was a controversial topic amongst the Villa fans, as people’s opinions were totally divided on him. I was personally very impressed with the 22-year old. I loved his energy and style of play. Before January, Tshibola got a lot more game time but that soon changed when we signed Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury.
He managed just eight appearances in a Villa shirt and scored 1 goal before his loan move to Nottingham Forest in January.
During his time at Nottingham Forest, he failed to impress and only made 2 appearances. His very little game time ensured he didn’t find the back of the net or even have much impact on any games while at the City ground.
There is a positive spin to it though because I believe Aaaron would have gained more experience in his bid to become a better professional. While on loan at the City ground he would have trained with fellow Villa loanee Ross McCormack who has also returned to Villa this summer hoping to turn his career around in a Claret and Blue shirt.
During his short spell at Villa, I believe Tshibola is a hard working individual who will run his socks off for as long as he is required. He is able to pick out a pass and drive forward with the ball – something we haven’t seen since the snake (Fabian Delph) departed.
Tshibola was left behind while the rest of the squad travelled to Portugal for the first week of pre-season. It is unclear at this stage if he is carrying an injury of some sort or if he is just not fancied by manager Steve Bruce.
The squad return from Portugal tomorrow and it will give the midfielder time to prove to the manager that he still has a future at Villa Park. I feel that he could link up well with Lansbury as Tshibola has the work rate and would do all the ugly work to allow Lansbury to push further forward.
I believe that he should be given another chance at Aston Villa but he would require a run of games to show his true ability and potential. I think he could become a vital cog in the Villa first team.
Do you agree with me or do you think differently, let me know your opinions in the comments section!