The French Football Federation confirmed on Wednesday that Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi had been called up to the France squad to replace the injured Layvin Kurzawa for the nation’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and Villa fans were quick to have their say on the news.
— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) October 4, 2017
The 23-year-old joined Marseille on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent move during the summer transfer window having failed to make an impression during his time at Villa Park, but his early form for the Ligue 1 giants has resulted in him getting a chance for his country.
The left-back made 34 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side in the Championship last term, but he struggled to hold down a regular spot in the starting XI.
Aston Villa supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the news, and while some said he was always “destined for better things”, others described it as ‘the most sickening thing they’ve seen’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
he's always going to shine in an attacking team with quality around him… unfortunately not strong enough defensively #GrowUp
— Carl Palmer (@Carl_Palmer) October 4, 2017
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) October 4, 2017
No how many times was i banging on and on and on and on about keeping him goin at villa??? Absolute quality player!
— Richard Allsopp (@Allsopp8Allsopp) October 5, 2017
Amavi in the French squad is the most sickening thing I've ever seen #AVFC
— Michael Plant (@MichaelPlant82) October 4, 2017
But yeah Amavi is sooo bad isn't he fellas #avfc
— sir j-man 😀 (@JordanAmxvi) October 4, 2017
— Claret Villans (@ClaretVillans) October 4, 2017
Good player. Seemed a bit soft for the Championship at times. Bit weak at defending. Glad it’s working out for him 👍🏻
— Adam (@AdLovesCurry) October 4, 2017
Fair play to him
— Ben (@BenRyanY) October 5, 2017
There was always a good player in there somewhere.
— Ja'Crispy Oakley (@Gazoaks) October 4, 2017
He was destined for better things as will be Veretout and Gil. So much waste at our club with good players going on to better times
— ClaretandBlueB6 (@dpwhite48) October 5, 2017