According to The Athletic’s Gregg Evans, Aston Villa will once again look to try and sell Frederic Guilbert.
The right-back has endured a difficult time at the club since his arrival from French side Caens, and has this season seen both Ahmed Elmohamady, and summer signing Matty Cash overtake him in the pecking order for that right-back slot.
Now, Evans claims that having failed to sell him in the summer transfer window, Villa will once again attempt to get him off their books, and are willing to listen to offers as they look to try and rebuild some of their defensive options outside their starting four.
And with Evans previously claiming that Dean Smith had “seen enough” of the Frenchman, it looks like January might be the last Villa fans get to see of Guilbert.
With no Premier League appearances to his name whatsoever this season, it’s fair to say things haven’t quite worked out for Guilbert over these past few months.
He wasn’t even named in the match-day squad in the league until the clash against Wolves earlier this month, whilst his only appearances in a Villa shirt have have come in the Carabao Cup and at reserve level.
Earning around £40k-a-week, Guilbert is simply picking up a pay-cheque for twiddling his thumbs, and that’s not the kind of financial management that co-owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens will be happy about.
The French ace has been robbing the Villa chiefs blind, and as the club look to try and back Smith in the transfer market, making sure they also do their part in getting rid of the players he doesn’t want, will be key to their success.