Last weekend’s game against Chelsea confirmed Luna’s worst fears. He is now Aston Villa’s third choice left-back! Luna joined Aston Villa from Sevilla in the summer of 2013 for £1.5 million pounds. At first Luna’s Villa career appeared to be very promising, he scored against Arsenal and put in a few good performances. But now, it’s really difficult to praise Luna because he’s been so poor. Whenever he has played, opponents would often target the left side of defence as Villa’s weakness. Despite his performances, his ‘Whoscored’ rating isn’t too bad, he’s in 11th place with an average rating of 6.7.
Yesterday, Luna turned 23 years of age and according to reports in Spain, if Aston Villa can secure the permanent signing of Ryan Bertrand (Mourinho recently commented on his desire to keep Bertrand) then it looks likely that Luna could return to Spain in the summer. Joe Bennett has improved this season and it appears as though he is a better prospect then Luna. Then again, if Villa did sign Bertrand I’m sure Lambert would sell either Luna or Bennett to the first buyer.
Still, it could be argued that Luna hasn’t quite adapted to the Premier League and perhaps he’ll do better next season. We’ve seen El Ahmadi and Vlaar both improve their performances for Aston Villa after a season in the Premier League. It could be the same story with Luna.