Aston Villa could be heading for another Charles N’Zogbia disaster amid reports linking them with a move for Bordeaux’s Mehdi Zerkane.
In recent days, French publication L’Equipe (via Get French Football News) has claimed that Dean Smith’s side have made contact with Zerkane over a potential move in the summer transfer window.
It was added that: “Zerkane, who scored a goal last night vs Lens in a crucial win in FCGB’s relegation battle, was watched again by Aston Villa scouts who were in the stands – they have been tracking Zerkane for at least 3 months and have made contact with the player’s entourage.”
Villa fans will, of course, know all about N’Zogbia and the kind of hype that came with him after some starring performances with Wigan, but the exciting winger never ended up delivering at Villa Park.
And, in a piece done by The Birmingham Mail, they wrote: “Quick, agile, athletic and an eye for a goal! What arrived was a massive anti-climax having cost little over £10m. He was not helped by the dour football of Alex McLeish. He could hardly utilise his expertise in a team playing route one football.
“He did suffer an Achilles injury during Paul Lambert’s tenure that kept him out for a season. But, with a £50-60k wage heading into his bank account each week, the Frenchman has simply not justified it. He had offered nothing in all honesty to this team, even during Tim Sherwood’s short-lived spell last season where he was in the starting-XI more often that not but was just a passenger if anything else.”
Zerkane is in that similar mould, being someone who can play on either flank with a bit of pace, but there are already some signs that he would be a massive flop at Villa.
And like the Frenchman, Zerkane has also suffered from injuries in his fledgling career, and has already missed a decent chunk of the campaign just gone by with a leg issue.
This has all the hallmarks of going down the route that N’Zogbia’s career did at Villa, and if that’s the case, it’s a move that won’t have fans happy at all.