If Aston Villa lose against Bournemouth this Saturday and Norwich collect a point at Crystal Palace, relegation will finally be confirmed for the Midlands side. Changes have started to happen at B6 firstly at boardroom level and then the hapless Remi Garde was put out of his misery. Whoever replaces the Frenchman will have to quickly assess a squad of players who have only amassed 16 premier league points so far, and then consider who they wish to keep for the upcoming season in the championship. Let’s consider their options as we look through the squad and try and identify who may need to be replaced.
Brad Guzan, voted supporter’s player of the season at the end of Paul Lamberts first season the USA international has endured a torrid time from the terraces of the Holte End. A lack of clean sheets and the infamous chewing gum incident at Wycombe mean that a parting of the ways seems inevitable.
Former Premier league winning duo Micah Richards and Joelon Lescott have looked far from their best in a defence which has conceded 62 goals. Their performances on Twitter have grabbed more attention then anything done on the pitch and like Guzan it appears that there is no way back for the former Manchester City player’s.
Summer recruit Idrissa Gana Gueye has been one of the few positive signings that Villa have made. The Ghana international represents a rare chance for the club to reclaim some of the 9 million pound that was spent on him. Other players such as Carles Gill and Carols Sanchez could be sold to clubs in Spain as it’s questionable if their respective qualities are suited to the demands of England’s second tier.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is Villas current longest serving player and the club’s premier league record goalscorer. However, allegations of numerous falling outs with managers and coaches and the recent incident in Dubai has led to supporters questioning the influence of Agbonlahor in a pretty toxic dressing room. If fit and focused the local lad could have a real impact in the championship, although like some of the previous players mentioned it could suit all parties if he is moved on.
Who goes or who stays is up for debate, what can’t be questioned is that Villas third manager in this calendar year faces a massive rebuilding job.
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