Player updates

We have some decent news to talk about, at last.

First is a story by the Daily Mail, that suggests Remi Garde has totally had it with Charles N’Zogbia and the player might be on his way to AEK Athens if he has the good grace to accept a pay-off to leave.

The figures involving the player (if true and I suspect they’re not far off) are just shocking. Here’s what the article says;

“He has come to symbolise the huge waste at Villa, with his cost to the club in wages and transfer fee since 2011 currently standing at £24.7million. That equates to £265,591 per each of his 93 appearances in all competitions, or £4.94million per each of his five goals.”

It’s not the goal tally I have a problem with, although I always expected him to chip in with a few (but which Villa midfielder has done that in the last few years?).
It’s the cost per game that sticks in the craw and for a club at our level, it’s just eye-wateringly expensive, isn’t it?
What a shame, as I really thought he’d be a great signing for us when we got him.
The article goes on to mention that Garde is the third manager to not like his relaxed attitude to the game.
Reading between the lines, it seems the opinion is that the man is a total stroker, full stop.
Good riddance if he leaves, unfortunately.

Then there’s news that might please many of you, in that Joleon Lescott might be off to the retirement home that is LA Galaxy;

http://www.lagconfidential.com/2016/1/7/10734546/la-galaxy-interested-in-de-jong-close-to-signing-lescott

That doesn’t quite make sense to me, seeing as he’s only just arrived at the Villa, but I suppose it’s all about the money and let’s face it, the Californian climate or a British winter?
That’s a no-brainer and I could possibly see it happening, especially if you do the MLS vs Championship debate.
No major loss, in my opinion, although it’s always nice to have a Villa supporter playing for the club (as long as he’s performing).

Next, there’s Traore.
It’s been confirmed he’s broken a toe and will be out for around ten weeks.
Another shame, just like Amavi and indicative of a team that’s having no luck whatsoever.
Why some are calling him “another crock” is beyond me.
A broken toe is not a common occurrence and is one that’s more likely to be found in a really pacy player, due to the heavy impacts when he gets clattered.
It’s certainly not enough to call him injury prone, in my opinion.

Indeed “Don’t let it get you down, come back strong and keep doing what you were doing in lighting up an incredibly poor season for us fans” would be my message to the lad.

Last of all, after Remi Garde got a rebuke from Chelsea for talking about Loic Remy, it now seems the manager has been talking about Debuchy from Arsenal;

http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/aston-villa-fc/2016/01/07/remi-garde-mathieu-debuchy-on-radar-after-adama-traore-injury/

I have to wonder what this is all about.
The unwritten law is that you don’t talk about players that belong to other football clubs, full stop.
Yes, I know certain other clubs/managers do it, but they’re usually in a position of massive strength, at a level where any dirty trick is deemed ok.
I like to think we don’t play those games, because our standards have traditionally been higher than that.
I’d ask that Garde keeps his mouth shut until any deal has been done, personally.

In the same article Garde confirms that Illori has gone back to Liverpool.
Another waste of money, but what’s new?

41 Comments

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  1. jvillan January 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm . Reply

    we are joke beyond belief remi plays hutton lescott clark ahead ilor god almighty he ilor would be better on one leg than hutton with 2 remi starting to resemble sherwood lambert

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath January 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm . Reply

      Doubt it did u see him play tonight could barely run after an hr nowhere near fit enough

    2. Andrew January 9, 2016 at 12:29 am . Reply

      You forget the fact HE’S NOT A RIGHT BACK. HE’S NEVER PLAYED RIGHT BACK, HE’LL NEVER PLAY RIGHT BACK.

  2. Astonished Villan January 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm . Reply

    Fans should boycott matches – won’t make massive difference in Prem due to TV revenue but come Championship gate revenue will be one of the main revenue streams even with parachute payments. This will be the time for fans to air their voices and to have an influence.

    1. Turv32 January 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm . Reply

      Agree astonished 100% I’ve not been to VP for over 3 years. I will not spend my hard earned while that money sucking yank is not investing in the club.

  3. Jvillan January 8, 2016 at 10:51 pm . Reply

    Oohah
    Ilor hasn’t played in6 months and Hutton hobbles about every game

  4. Marvilla00 January 8, 2016 at 11:20 pm . Reply

    What game was you watching???? Hutton not the best and garde know this but had to use him til we find a replacement!! Which he is do by the sounds of it!!!!

  5. Andrew January 9, 2016 at 12:36 am . Reply

    Apparently we’ve put in a bid for Lorient’s Lamine Koné, along with Norwich and Newcastle. Solid replacement for Lescott.

  6. Fastjet81 January 9, 2016 at 1:59 am . Reply

    Lack of activity is worrying me. Thought we’d go down kicking and screaming with flailing arms and legs. At this rate we’ll be down by March.

    Surely at the very least there’s a very slim chance we could rock the boat, it’s been a topsy turvy season all round.

    Can we not pull another Darren Bent 24m purchase out of the hat? Wishful thinking I know.

  7. Benno January 9, 2016 at 5:44 am . Reply

    Its pretty incredible how many awful players we have managed to buy for ridiculous amounts of money over the last 5 or 6 years. Every club buys the odd dud, but Villa surpass any other club by a mile!

  8. Hitchens 60 January 9, 2016 at 8:00 am . Reply

    No need to shout – we can read

    1. Hitchens 60 January 9, 2016 at 8:01 am . Reply

      That was in answer to Andrews earlier comment in caps

    2. Hitchens 60 January 9, 2016 at 8:02 am . Reply

      See rumoured that Baggies want Shabby!

  9. Sir Earl Barrett January 9, 2016 at 8:31 am . Reply

    Every transfer window it’s the same and very one of our managers says the same thing yet we still can’t shift the dead wood, year in, year out. Why will this one be any different? CNZ has shown no interest in moving and why would he? £65k a week and he’s not even expected to give his Saturdays up. We don’t have a single player that would be wanted by another prem club – even the ones that are nearly as bad as us so I can almost guarantee that they’ll still be villa players in February. And no championship or league one club can afford them. As for arsenal players arriving at VP, don’t make me laugh. At best you might get one on loan who couldn’t give a tuppence and will put in half a shift and then go back to the parent club. Is there any chance of anyone of the villa park big wigs coming out and saying anything about our embarrassing predicament?

  10. Bum Bum January 9, 2016 at 9:01 am . Reply

    Maybe his caps lock was stuck…

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