After signing from Marseille in the January transfer window, it’s fair to say it’s been a rather slow start to life at Aston Villa for Morgan Sanson.
The Frenchman was initially kept out of the starting line-up in the Premier League by Dean Smith, with the Villa boss understandably wanting to ease his new signing into English football.
A few months later, Sanson has still yet to show any real sign of why Villa splashed the cash to sign him in the first place.
The £17m-rated ace has made the starting line-up for the last two top-flight games against Tottenham and Fulham respectively, but hasn’t really done enough to convince anybody that he should keep his place when the Villans take on Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
In fact, writing in his post-match player ratings for the game against the Cottagers for the Birmingham Mail, Ashley Preece gave Sanson a lowly five, noting: “The Frenchman was much deeper today after playing as a No.10 against Spurs before the break. Sanson was caught between two positions today as he left Douglas exposed at times while, at the other end, the January addition showed some good purposeful runs which won Villa free-kicks down the sides.
“Sanson took a whack to his left knee with Marvelous Nakamba readied to replace him but he soldiered on. Didn’t really have an impact here, though, and was replaced as Villa went onto to be much better without him.”
There have also been suggestions that those behind the scenes at Villa feel they may have made a mistake in signing him.
According to sources who have told Football Insider: “There is a feeling in the corridors of power the club “haven’t done their homework” over the 26-year-old Frenchman. He is said to be very difficult to manage, and proved to be so much trouble for two of his former agents they decided to let him go.
“Dean Smith had hoped that Sanson would improve the team and bring greater cohesion to the midfield. But, while the central midfielder is energetic and tenacious, he does not have the technical ability that was hoped.”
Smith must make the ruthless call to drop the Frenchman against Liverpool today.