Aston Villa Players Set to Leave

It’s been touted that this is the week several Aston Villa players will be heading for the exit door. Seemingly the only source of Villa news now, Tony Xia’s Twitter account, suggests that three to four players are set to go. If recent press reports are to be read into, it looks like it will be at least three of Villa top-end wage earners.

With Charles N’Zogbia and Kieran Richardson already gone and Carles Gil off-loaded for next season, even with the additional three incoming players (who will be on more modest wages), if the following three players go, then Villa’s wages will be calibrated closer to a Championship team’s overall wage bill.

Micah Richards

Cast you’re mind back to the start of last season and Micah Richards was celebrated as the new captain and lynchpin of the Villa team going into the new season. Sound familiar? It’s pretty much how Tommy Elphick is currently being marketed to Villa supporters.

While there were question marks about Richards’ positional sense and ability to play centre-back before he came to Villa, there’s no doubt most supporters were surprised how poor potentially his only season for Villa was. MOMS picked up on his marking and positional deficiencies early doors in last summer’s preseason, when he gifted goals to both Forest and Wolves.

 

With that in mind, the news that Sunderland are keen to pay his reported £5 million release clause and bring him to the Stadium of Light is good news for Villa.

Tim Sherwood certainly bought Richards on the basis of the kudos of him once playing for Manchester City and England, while he failing to grasp the reality of what had since happened to the once promising defender.

Richards perhaps is better when he doesn’t have to be the main man in the back four and he perhaps suffered from too much expectation at Villa.

UPDATE – According to national newspaper North-East correspondents, it seems David Moyes recently taking over at the Black Cats has changed the club’s attitude to buying Richards. Apparently no deal is on.

Brad Guzan

Cast your mind back to Aston Villa’s 6-4 League Cup semi-final win against Blackburn Rovers in 2010 and you’ll remember there was enough evidence in that one game to suggest Brad Guzan would never make it as Villa’s number one. A mixture of poor decision-making and flapping, undermined his promising shot-stopping ability.

Guzan certainly wasn’t the kind of keeper that instilled his backline or Villa supporters with confidence.

Credit where it’s due though, because since that game, Guzan really got his game together and surprised many in becoming Villa’s number one and the USA’s national team keeper. His improvement was impressive, making his later slide from grace, puzzling.

Poor judgment and terrible distribution have recently haunted the Villa keeper, although playing behind Villa’s defence in recent seasons must be enough to give anybody the shakes.

It’s looking ever-likely though that Middlesbrough will take advantage of Villa reportedly being willing to let Guzan go for free, just to get his wages off the balance sheet. A return to the Premier League will certainly be a silver lining for Guzan and will complete a decent summer for him, having also played in the semi-finals of Copa America.

Whether Di Matteo is correct in putting his trust in the inexperienced 21-year-old Pierluigi Gollini as Villa’s new number one, remains to be seen though.

Scott Sinclair

According to the last week or so of press reports, Celtic seem to be making offers to Villa for the services of Scott Sinclair by the hour. And seemingly, every time they are rejected they raise their bid by £10!

Seriously speaking though, there’s no smoke without fire and if the last reported failed bid was £2.75m, both parties should be edging close to a figure that suits both parties.

Not doubt Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers sees his ex-Swansea player as someone who could thrive in the Scottish league.

What would you accept as fair payment? I’m thinking it gets serious past the £3m mark.

I’m divided on Sinclair. He does have some class and has proven he can do a good job at Championship level with the Swans, but he seemed to lack conviction last season. Often, he is found on the fringes of games, when you need him to make things happen. Also, what’s his best position? For me, if Villa hang onto Jordan Ayew, then you might as well cash-in on Sinclair.

Although, saying that, if Ayew does stay, he will miss a chunk of January due to the African Cup of Nations.

Player Number Four

If there was a fourth player to walk out the exit gates of Villa Park, who would you want it to be? Lescott or Bacuna would probably top a lot of people’s lists. MOMS has a list of least 10 players, so it’s difficult to know where to start.

The clock is ticking is though, with less than two weeks to go. Would Roberto Di Matteo take two or three weeks of extra preseason if it was offered to him, he’d more than likely bite your hand off.

This team, judging by the teamsheet and what we’ve seen in preseason so far, is too much like last year’s sorry excuse of a team. It’s not good news, so lets hope the club can pull some rabbits out of the hat before the season kicks off at Sheffield Wednesday.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Lescott, Hutton, Veretout, Ghana, Sanchez, Sinclair, Richards, Cissokho. Guzan. All on my out list. Richards, no mental ability, was “owned” by opposition players, seem to recall the “you’ve got something in your eye” incident, totally pawned. Lescott, should have bought him (for FREE) a season earlier, past it. Hutton, cannot cross a ball, can barely defend. Veretout I liked but it is either him or Westwood not both as they are the same player, eye for a pass, tackle shy. Ghana, great stats, terrible play. Sinclair, never gave enough on the pitch, only the fact no one else could score made him look better. Cissokho, past it. Sanchez never reproduced his international form. Guzan is a confidence goalie, once it’s shot, he is. Though I realize I have just gotten rid of almost everyone over 25.

    Gabby and Bacuna stay, maybe controversial for some. But I think if we keep Gabby it will show what loyalty (even in bad times) the club has, MAYBE some of the youngsters will respect that and not run off to big teams. Also I wonder if he won’t hit the goals in a lower division. Bacuna was wasted by previous management, his position is RM or RW. Has a cross on him when he’s not panicked, can hit a free kick, and has a good engine.

  2. Hire a bus and get me a drivers cap. I’ll drop the useless c***s off with the rest of them anywhere they want myself!

    The club is finished and we’ll really struggle to stay up again in a more competitive division.

    We need fighters and quality. Dr Xia thinks they’re waiting in India!!

    Pathetic. All the result of one greedy old b*****d lining his pockets and his family’s for years.
    The one and only HD Ellis!

  3. Who else? How could you MOMS? How could you forget the biggest moneypit in the long moneypit history of Aston Villa. The man whose return has dwindled as his money has gone up. The man who puts the Djemba into Eric Djemba Djemba. The man who makes Bosko Balaban look like a naturally gifted genius with a ball. That man is, of course, Gabriel Agbonlahor.

    He’s lost weight, I hear halfwits say. Maybe he’s learned his lesson, say other’s while dribbling into their plastic bib. He has had a full pre-season it is true, yet what has he done in any preparation match? Ayew is scoring, Kozak is scoring, even bleeding Gestede is scoring (albeit from 1 1/2 yards). Agbonlahor had one thing and one thing only, pace. He has lost most of that to high and easy living.

    That is the man Villa need to move on. Let him go and practice being a baby father elsewhere. And if we could roll Alan Hutton up into that toxic deal, so much the better. It still amazes me how some folk think he is any good just because he tries hard and claps the fans after every loss. He is now, and never was, a decent right full back because he has no defensive discipline or awareness of danger. He is also a woeful crosser of the ball. Truly, deeply, woeful. All that is left is running up and down and kissing the badge – so he and Gabby make a pair.

    Footballers at Villa Park please – a young John Gidman will do – once they see how it is meant to be done, the dribblers might even stop moaning long enough to enjoy their football once again.

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        • Should we struggle for a work permit (since we are now no longer going to be in the European Union {thanks dribblers} then I will even accept a slightly shop soiled Mark Delaney.

          Assuming the Welsh don’t vote to leave the UK that is.

          • Why oh why.. Insults to people you do not know. You want to part of a un elected legal body that has the power to tax without representation and supports a regime that believes in purges to keep power? Need I ask if the ladies in your life would like to spend New Years in Cologne this year? Yes I dribble, but at least I reason.

            As an aside I do agree with you on Hutton.

            • Let’s call a truce then and let the ‘Hutton Agreement’ be the foundation stone of this new power sharing sovereign democracy.

  4. rumour last summer was that Lescot was heading to the US , maybe he realy will go this summer And with Elphick looking like the captain we’ve needed for a long time. and we’d have 4 Cb’s counting Baker, Clark & Okore plus the U21’s
    And after Saturday’s performance I can see Jordan Vertout leaving

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