Remi Garde has not ruled out recalling Aly Cissokho from his loan move to Porto. Cissokho has joined Porto on a season-long loan but following the injury to Amavi, Cissokho might be recalled. Cissokho did work alongside Garde during his time in Lyon and the boss knows how Cissokho can play. Cissokho hasn’t played too much at Porto either and would apparently be keen on returning to Villa Park to work alongside Garde.
Another option is Joe Bennett who will be returning from his short loan spell in about 6 weeks time. Bennett did impress former manager Sherwood before leaving for Bournemouth in search of more first team football. Ironically, he would’ve had a better chance of football if he had stayed at Villa with Bennett yet to make an appearances for Bournemouth. Bennett has a similar playing style to Amavi, but has matured defensively over the past two years. Bennett hasn’t played for Villa since his League Cup appearances against Notts County, in which he scored a goal.
So Villa could yet again have 3 options for left-back, but who would impress most? I’d say that Joe Bennett has the best chance of breaking into Villa’s first team. Not only do I think it’s worth giving Bennett another shot, but he did play 42 games for Brighton last year and has improved massively since his poor performances for Villa. He may have moved to Villa when he was quite young, but now at the age of 25 I feel as though Bennett could put in a real shift for Villa and should be given a chance.
I’m also unsure why Cissokho was out of favour under Sherwood, never played under Sherwood yet was outcasted and sent out on loan. Nonetheless, Cissokho wasn’t that bad and miles better that some of the left-backs we had at the club (arguably since Warnock). As things stand, the left-back situation will remain with Richardson starting. Unless of course Garde tries the ambitious and plays Clark out on the left, brings in forgotten man Ilori or even promotes Kinsella to the first team. All those options seem rather unlikely at this stage, but by January I do think that either Bennett or Cissokho will be vying for the left-back spot, if not starting for Aston Villa.