Last summer a handful of players gave up their Premier League clubs to join the Aston Villa revolution. Tommy Elphick, James Chester, Albert Adomah and Miles Jedinak all decided they wanted to join Tony Xia’s Villa rebirth after the club had dropped like a rock from English football’s top-tier.
The mission was simple, one season in the Championship, the glory of promotion and then they’d be back in the Premier League playing for a bigger club than the ones they all left.
What they didn’t have to look at was a fully formed league table to gage the validity of Villa’s new direction. They joined in good faith that Villa were moving in the right direction.
It’s been a stuttering start, but it’s certainly not the end of the road yet in terms of getting promotion, but suddenly it seems a tougher task now then it did. Six of Villa’s eight wins have been against the bottom six, not exactly promotion form.
So what of the latest newspaper rumours of Villa sounding out Fabian Delph, James McCarthy and Tom Cleverley as potential targets for Villa?
Do you really think any of them will look at the Championship table and think, ‘that’ll be a great move’?
These three midfielders are arguably a level above the aforementioned Premier League players we signed in the summer. All are in their prime age-wise, meaning it would be a strange career choice to have half-a-season playing Championship football when they’ve managed to get to the top of their game playing for teams currently doing well in the Premier League.
Newspapers write about ‘player power’ when it comes to players wanting to better their career and leave clubs, but why is it forgotten in situations like this when they write red herring stories? A club can want any number of players, but the player has to want to come to them or it’s all hypothetical and poor guess work by the journalist.
If any of the three players were unhappy with their current situation, since they are at top English clubs and unlikely to move to a better club, they’d more than likely wait until the end of the season to reassess their situation in the summer.
The bottom line here is don’t waste too much time clicking on such rumours.
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