With the World Cup over everyone’s attention will return to Aston Villa and we need to get our heads around what has happened this summer. We ARE in massive financial trouble and FFP just won’t go away so we will be forced to sell some of our assets and that includes our top players.
I am going to focus on this very subject in this article. Forcing the wrong players to leave Aston Villa.
It has been well documented that we could lose players like Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia while others on high wages don’t even train with the club on a daily basis.
Yes, Ross McCormack and Micah Richards, I am looking at you.
Selling players that don’t want to leave like Grealish and Chester may be the solution short term but it won’t be long term. Let me explain.
I can only speculate about what kind of wages our players earn as no-one outside the club truly knows what each and every player earns.
Case A: Richards and McCormack are on an estimated combined £100k a week in wages (£4.8M a year). Funny enough that is the amount a month the club is apparently losing?
Case B: Then we have players like Grealish and Chester who are on an estimated combined £70k a week in wages (£3.64M a year).
HOW THE PLAYERS COMPARE
In Case A we have two players who have been a disgrace during their time at Aston Villa. Happy to bleed the club dry while offering very little. Former Villa manager David O’Leary will say football fans can be a fickle and funny bunch but all we want to see if 11 players giving their all on the football pitch come match day.
These players are lucky enough to live the dream that we couldn’t and some of them take it for granted.
Both of these have sat on their backsides while their teammates have returned to pre-season training. In truth, if it was me, I would be working players like this twice as hard as the others until they are fit enough to play for the club or earn themselves a move elsewhere.
Then I refer to Case B. We have two players who don’t want to leave the club but seem to be being forced out by our owner Dr Xia who has been running this club very poorly since the day he arrived.
Both are important first team players and have expressed their desire to stay. Grealish has told more than one fan that he would love to stay but it is taken out of his hands. His family have also told friends that he doesn’t want to leave.
Then you have Chester who recently told the Express & Star:
“I’ve always wanted to spend time at a club and hopefully that will continue.
“Regardless of what’s happening at the moment, as professionals, you owe it to yourselves, your teammates and the supporters to do your best.
“My message to the fans is to try and stay positive. They’re the most loyal people involved with the club and they will be there through thick and thin. In my time at the club, they’ve been a credit to themselves.”
As I have already said, selling our assets would be good short term but it won’t help the club long term while we still have players bleeding the club dry.
Why is this common sense so hard for those running our club right now? It isn’t brain surgery. These are supposed to be well educated people. OR are they asset striping the club of everything that has value before offloading the club?