It’s been reported that Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho, one of Paul Lambert’s several failed attempts at solving Villa’s left-back problem, has passed a medical and has signed-up for a season’s loan at FC Porto. Reports also suggest there isn’t an ‘option to buy’, as first suggested in the press.
While Cissokho initially offered some improvement to strengthening the Villa backline in the early stages of last season, his limitations going forward hindered the team. The 27-year-old found himself out of favour with new boss Tim Sherwood and barley got a sniff after his arrival.
In other news, Ciaran Clark has penned a new five-year deal for Aston Villa. Clark, once a target for the boo boys last season, won many doubters over with his improved performances at the heart of a partnership with Jores Okore, which proved to be Villa’s best centre-back combo last season.
It’s looking that Clark and Micah Richards, who was announced as Villa captain today, will be Sherwood’s first choice centre-back pairing.
Clark during his academy days was often tipped to be a future Villa captain himself. If his improvement continues, you wouldn’t be surprised if he wrestles the armband off Richards within the next couple of seasons.
Où est Emmanuel?
Another week on from reports and pictures of Emmanuel Adebayor at Bodymoor Heath and still no sign of the player holding up an Aston Villa shirt. Where is he?Are his £100,000/week too much of a spoke in the wheel? Is Daniel Levy to blame? The saga rolls on…
The latest in-vogue rumour doing the rounds is Villa’s pursuit of Barcelona (B)’s young winger Adama Traore on loan or a purchase with a possible buy-back clause. It’s thought that Stoke City, who have already met with Traore, are in pole position with their Barcelona links well-established now. it would be regarded as a surprise if Villa could pull this one off and Sherwood would have to go into charm overdrive to wrestle him away from the Potter’s grasp.
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