Apart from the returning Mile Jedinak and Jonathan Kodjia, there’s some players who have missed the bulk of Villa’s preseason that must be questioning their roles ahead in Villa’s 2017/18 season.
Albert Adomah is one, with the emergence of Ahmed Elmohamady offering Villa a fresh and more direct option on the right flank. Another one is Leandro Bacuna.
Bacuna has been away on international duty with Curaçao, so had been granted an extended stay away from Bodymoor Heath.
Villa’s utility player made his first preseason appearance against Watford, replacing an injured Jack Grealish.
Bacuna’s strength was his ability to play in a number of position, yet it’s also ultimately a weakness, as with Bruce building what he hopes to be a promotion-winning team, it’s hard to see where Bacuna fits in as a regular.
Today, Villa owner Tony Xia confirmed on Twitter that the club had rejected a £1.5m bid made by Reading for Bacuna, that was being reported in the press.
This is true.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 29, 2017
It will be interesting to see if this sparks an auction for the player and if they are any other interested parties.
Bacuna has been seen by many Villa supporters as an example of the mediocrity of player that has seen the club fall from grace in recent seasons.
MOMS for one, can’t see how he can fit in as part of a successful Villa team next season.
Certainly, he’s not going to play regularly for us, and like Nathan Baker, should seek a move away, if he is serious about his own footballing career.
The only question is, how much should Villa accept for him?
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