Right back in and out
After sending James Bree out on loan to Ipswich Town today, Aston Villa dropped serious hints to the future of the right-back position after announcing the signing of Frederic Guilbert from Caen for an undisclosed fee.
The defender will return to the Ligue 1 side on loan for the remainder of the 2018/19 season, giving him a chance to help Caen in their relegation battle this season (and brush up on his English).
Villa Head Coach Dean Smith had the dubious pleasure of seeing his transfer target sent off, when he went over to France to scout him.
A graduate of the youth academy at Caen, 24-year-old Guilbert has also played for AS Cherbourg and Bordeaux before returning to his first club.
He has also been capped internationally by France at U21 level and is very much seen by Smith as Villa’s future in the position.
The signing seems to spell the end to Alan Hutton’s time at Aston Villa, with the Scottish Cafu’s contract up at the end of this season.
With Bree now gone for the rest of the season and the signings of Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause, to cover the left side of the defence with Neil Taylor, Hutton will now compete with Ahmed Elmohamady for the right-back spot in what seems to be his Villa swan song.