Aston Villa Fan View: How can Bruce raise transfer funds this summer?

Tom Waller

It has been well documented over recent weeks as we come to the summer transfer window that Villa have over £40m worth of players out on loan. As FFP hits and the parachute payments decrease, Villa need to become a team that is shrewd in the transfer market.

Up until January 2017, Villa continued to be wasteful, with three of the club’s summer signings being sent on loan, with Aaron Tshibola, Ross McCormack and Pierligui Gollini sent away from Bodymoor Heath. This adds to Jordan Veretout, Charles Gil, Carlos Sanchez and Aly Cissocko who have also been loaned out in the past 9 months.

Steve Bruce has also mentioned that up to 12 players could leave this summer, so out of the people currently on loan, let’s look at who should go and if anyone should get another chance….

Ross ‘gate’ McCormack:                                                                                                                           Arguably the worst piece of transfer business Villa did in the summer. £12m for a 30 year old always looked on the high side, but he promised goals and with that being a main problem for Villa, I could understand going in for him.

Villa ended up with actually too many strikers, and playing in a system that didn’t his style. The ‘gate’ incident has been well covered, and I am led to believe that Ross hasn’t apologised to Steve Bruce yet. I don’t think he has a future at the club, especially with Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan at the club. Villa will have to take a huge hit on him, and may only recoup £5m. SELL

Jordan Veretout                                                                                                                                             Came too Villa two seasons ago with a lot of hype, but was mistreated and failed to settle in England. He has found his best form again with St Etienne in Lihue 1 and asked to stay. Villa could recoup their initial £8m outlay on him and its best for both parties for him to move on. SELL

Carlos Sanchez                                                                                                                                               Again, opinion really differs on him, depending on who you talk to. He had some cracking games in the Premier League but too often was off the pace and frustrated many fans. Personally, I would love to have him at Villa Park next season. He would be perfect for this slightly slower league and apart from Mile Jedinak, we don’t have any natural protectors. Unfortunately, he has had a very good season at Fiorentina and would probably like to stay (I don’t blame him). KEEP (if we can)


Aaron Tshibola                                                                                                                                       Currently in and out of the team at Notts forest who are battling relegation. He came from Reading with a huge reputation of one of the hottest prospects in the Championship, and a pretty high price tag of £5m. He scored a key goal against Newcastle, he has a good passing range and has the physique to be a box to box midfielder. I’d like to give him another chance, especially as Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane have been steady, and nothing more. KEEP

Carles Gil                                                                                                                                                 Polarised opinion at Villa, but he has scored several cracking goals and lifted the Holte on several occasions with his trickery. Has struggled at Deportivo La Carina, where he has been in and out of the team. I think he would prefer to Spain, and like Veretout, it’s best for both parties to move on. I think we could get somewhere around £750,000 for him. SELL

Pierligui Gollini                                                                                                                                       Currently on a 18 month loan at Atalanta and recently made noises that he would only stay at Villa if they had an Italian coaching team, which probably isn’t the best formula for a healthy relationship. The decision to make him number 1 this season was a huge mistake, whilst he has the potential to be a very good keeper, he should have been number 2 this season. It looks like he has burnt his bridges at Villa anyway, and we could recoup the majority of what we paid, due to his age. SELL

Aly Cissokho                                                                                                                                               Secured a loan move to Olympiakos in January, and has never been a fan favourite at Villa Park. Neil Taylor was purchased in January and Aly is likely to move on, and secure a £1m move away. SELL

Villa are obviously going to take a hit on these transfers, but maybe lessons learned? The business in January was far more astute, so hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.

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