There was a lack of activity on deadline day over at Villa Park which happened to be quite the surprise considering manager Dean Smith had signed no fewer than 12 players for a total smashing past £130m.
Other than John McGinn’s new long-term contract announcement the only other news was the departure of midfielder Birkir Bjarnason who had his contract terminated just days before their Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old joined the club in January 2017 in a £1.7m deal from Swiss outfit Basel, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.
One supporter said it was a ‘strange one’ as the Iceland international was a good guy whilst another added that it was unbelievable that he was let go for free rather than getting some sort of money for him.
Others praised the move from the club claiming it was a nice gesture to allow a player that is unlikely to feature leave the club for free though some were gutted as he was a decent character at the club.
You can read the best of the reaction below:
Strange one, fair play to the club for allowing him to move on & get playing time at a club where he's of more importance, but expected him to be leaving for a fee or loan with option/obligation to buy. Decent player & good guy.
Good luck on your travels Thor.#AVFC
— Craig (@CraigXVI) August 8, 2019
Unbelievable! You telling me no club wanted him not even for a measly £1m?! But I guess that’s villa doing him a favour there and allowing him to find a club beyond d-day
— Jay (@JayJayVillan) August 8, 2019
Gutted. Always liked Thor. Never was allowed to stick to one position in the team, always moved him around. Deserved better. Good luck Birkir… hope another team gets to appreciate you more
— Martin Mcguire (@Mortiis318) August 8, 2019
Was only cheap in the first place no great loss he did his best for us .. right time to go
— George Fowler (@FowlerLegend) August 8, 2019
Seems strange to do do with no transfer fee involved, boy is in his prime and a decent age…
— Spence ⚽AVFC⚽ Browne? (@spence1975) August 8, 2019
Nice gesture by the club really if he’s not being picked by us and realised we can’t sell him so cut up contract and give him a chance of a fresh start with decent signing on fee.Can see us doing the same for Chester as he deserves that at the very least
— Gaz Saunders (@saunders_gaz) August 8, 2019
Not good enough so not surprised. Club probably thought someone would come in for him but clearly has not happened. Villa aren’t messing around. Good luck BB.
— Captain Jack. (@10Grealish) August 8, 2019
Odd one for me, hopefully it’s what he wants rather than what the club wants. Sad to see him leave, I like decent character players at a club and always enjoyed seeing him play.
— ? King Marvelous Jimmy (@jmdubmix) August 8, 2019