Some more in the know news has come out of Villa Park today and as usual, take it with a grain of salt. But, the last time I did an ITK post, all things became true, minus Kozak going out on loan. But that move was largely influenced by the arrival of Remi Garde. Nonetheless, let’s begin:
Aly Cissokho can and will definitely be brought back to Villa from his loan move at Porto. Villa are in need of a new left-back and Garde has previously worked with Cissokho. Cissokho isn’t getting too much game time at Porto and appears to be keen on reuniting with Garde. It’s not known whether or not Cissokho will be brought in before January to get some extra training but Cissokho can not play for Villa until January anyway.
The rumour of Adama Traore’s £80,000 a week contract is simply not true. There are no appearances clauses in his contract and will not become Villa’s highest earning player any time soon. What does remain true about Traore is that he hasn’t be playing because the coaching staff simply don’t believe that he is ready to be playing first team football. Traore has a bag load of potential, but he is very frustrating to work with in training. Garde has tried to tell Adama numerous times to track back, but he is apparently very stubborn and refusing to adapt his playing style. Traore will most likely not be anywhere near the first team any time soon.
A new centre-forward is a top priority in the January transfer window, until then the plan is to try and get as many points as possible and try to push on from January on wards with a new forward. Speaking of January, a new goal keeper is not on the list with Guzan set to remain Villa’s first team keeper.
In training, Garde has prioritised set pieces with Veretout now responsible for the majority of set pieces at Villa. This showed against Watford with Villa scoring a goal from a set piece. Training has also been intensified and Garde’s first day of training was labelled as incredibly physical by the players standard. But this was an average training session for Garde’s Lyon side. It seems as though the players were seriously lacking match fitness and Garde is continuing to work on this aspect of the game.
You can take this with a grain of salt, but this information is incredibly interesting and gives fans a small insight into what is really going on, behind the scenes of Aston Villa.