With Congo international Yannick Bolasie cutting his loan short, it gives the opportunity for Andre Green to step up.
Different outlets have reported different things regarding the reason behind the loan deal being cut short. Some have reported that the Everton winger returned to Goodison in order to free up wages at Villa Park. Others suggested that the player himself exercised a clause in the deal.
Regardless of the truth behind it, I think we can all agree it is a good thing for Villa. Bolasie never really hit the highs on a regular basis. His reported £70,000 a week wages would free up space for one or two new faces. And let’s face it, as Alex Othon discussed yesterday, it was never value for money for a Championship side.
Step up Andre Green
One player who can benefit from this decision is Andre Green. Dean Smith opted to recall the winger from his loan spell with League 1 side, Portsmouth. He came on as a substitute against Hull and looked hungry.
Green has never had an issue with taking on opposition players, as we have seen numerous times at Villa in the past. He also has the ability to pick out a great cross or cut inside to have a shot on goal. His one big problem has always been how predictable he is. It is clear that he is right footed but if he could work on his left game it would make him more unpredictable.
The manager obviously sees something in the 20-year-old otherwise why would he have recalled him?
Another option we could opt for is Jonathan Kodjia. Although this isn’t his natural position despite making an impact at times in the past. The Ivorian has the trickery and ability to mesmerize defenders.
The problem with Kodjia is his lack of defensive work rate. In fact, his whole work rate could be questioned at times. There is no doubt that when he is on it, he is sublime. The problem is, just like Villa have become, he is very inconsistent.
I personally can’t see Smith using Kodjia on the wing. I believe he will opt for Green and give him every opportunity to step up and make that position his own.
Of course, Smith still has time to bring more face in. With Bolasie‘s hefty wages now off the books, it gives him room for movement. He could quite easily bring in another winger although I think we all know his priorities lie with the state of our defence.
A re-shuffle at the back is just what this club needs. We must be looking at an absolute minimum of two new faces coming in. Even if we had the option to recall Ritchie De Laet, I would still expect another face.
Who would you bring in with the available wages? A defender or a winger, to replace Bolasie? Have your say in the comments section below.