It is hardly surprising news but reports have surfaced this morning that Aston Villa are in talks with Albert Adomah over a new contract.
Adomah is out of contract in the summer and according to Teamtalk he has impressed our new manager, Dean Smith
Villa could have lost the winger for free in the summer if former manager Steve Bruce had his way. There was talk that he was being forced out of the club despite being a fan favourite. Yesterday’s opponents Middlesbrough were said to be interested but refused to hand him more than a one year deal.
The 30-year-old quickly became a fan favourite when he joined the club from Middlesbrough in 2016. He was part of a part-exchange deal that saw Adama Traoré go in the opposite direction.
The winger became a first team regular and he went on to make 38 appearances. Adomah contributed to 3 goals and 10 assists that season. The Ghanian’s smile and dancing celebrations made him become very popular with those in the stands.
It was his second season at Villa where he really made a difference though. In 42 appearances he contributed to 14 league goals. It was the most he had scored in a single season throughout his career. Villa went all the way to the playoff final only to lose out to Fulham at Wembley. Adomah was awarded the Player of the season award at the club.
Following his fall out with Bruce during the summer it was easy to see why he wasn’t favoured by the manager when the season started. Bruce was soon rightfully sacked and Smith replaced him. Adomah once again found himself in favour with the manager and he repaid that faith in the recent second city derby against Birmingham. He assisted two in a 4-2 victory before going off injured.
I will be honest where Adomah is concerned. When he first joined I wasn’t too sure what to expect. During his first season, I used to think his assists where more down to luck due to his playing style. He came across as clumsy and seemed to get so much luck when players would try to tackle him.
I was wrong. His determination to succeed at Aston Villa has won my heart over. He has become one of my favourites at Villa and I would love nothing more than for him to be rewarded with a new deal. If and it is a big if we can get promoted this season then the jury will be out to see if he can do it at the top level. But if one player in a Villa shirt deserves that opportunity then it is Albert Adomah.