Marc Albrighton has recently spoke out about his desire to play more first team football with Aston Villa, and ultimately, sign a new contract extension at his boyhood club, Aston Villa. When Albrighton first burst into the scene for Aston Villa at the age of 19 there was a lot of promise for the young winger. In his break-through season he scored 5 goals and also made a fair amount of assists, under McLeish he still made an impact, but it wasn’t to the same degree as his break-through season under Houllier. Now, under Lambert Albrighton has recovered from illness and injury and is vying a run in the first team following his fantastic performance against Man. Utd.
When asked about a new contract being an incentive for the 24 year old:
“It is. If I can play games and show the manager what I’m capable of, who knows what will happen?
“I said at the start of the season it’s a massive year and now I’ve got into the starting line-up hopefully I can keep my place and get a few more games.”
“It is a long time out and the confidence factor is massive,” said Albrighton.
“People forget about you and it’s hard to take that. Hopefully if I can play a few more games and play well that confidence will come oozing back.”
“He has always told me I’m in his plans and to get back to where I was,” he said. “That’s what I’m aiming to do and if I can do that then brilliant.” – Marc Albrighton
If Albrighton isn’t offered a new contract he will be free to leave on a bosman transfer at the end of the season. He may even begin to speak to other clubs in regards to a transfer in January. His loan spell to Wigan did him wonders in-terms of match fitness and it appears as though Albrighton has done enough against Man. Utd to convince Lambert to give him an extended run in the team. Weimann is badly out-of-form and Tonev is yet to adjust to the Premier League. Still, I’d hate to see Albrighton leave Aston Villa for free, because he still has a lot to offer to this club.
What I liked about Albrighton is that he is an unpredictable winger with loads of quality. He had a go against Evra, and more often than not, he got the better of the experienced left-back. He made cut backs, spins and turns and was capable of having a shot on target when necessary. But most importantly, I’m convinced he is the best crosser we have, right now at Aston Villa.