Something Old & New at Aston Villa

Written by Alan Robinson

Good Luck Amavi But He Won’t Be Missed
When we signed Jordan back in 2015, watching him perform in the early part of his Villa career, I think a lot of Villa fans including myself thought we got ourselves a top player, what we actually got, was an average player.

I would put it in the same category as Stuart Downing or for older fans Chris Waddle i.e has the talent, has five minutes of brilliance then disappears for the rest of the game.

Jordan was bought as a left-back, but he also played on the left-wing. For me and if I’m honest, other than the occasional brilliant left cross into the opposition box, there was nothing else too memorable about him, which makes me believe that a supposed £25m bid for him by Liverpool last year, was a load of old rubbish.

Who knows, Jordan may turn out to be a top player for Sevilla. A different country, a different club, a different culture and people can be all the difference from being a mediocre to becoming a good one. It’s a shame it didn’t work out but wish him well. On Stuart Downing rumours he could be available after new Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk told the former Aston Villa winger he is surplus to requirements at the Riverside.

Villa enquired about Downing in January, with Steve Bruce unsuccessful in at attempt to take the 32-year-old on loan.

Downing was a popular figure at Villa between 2009 and 2011 but annoyed the claret and blue faithful by pledging his future to the club and then changing his mind and joining Liverpool. I am all for signing older pros to give a balance and experience in a team where Terry in my opinion is a fantastic signing as he is a leader and an influence. I can’t see this being the case with Downing!

On John Terry, Baker who is a favourite of mine as he doesn’t lack commitment and has the talent but lacks experience. He often goes walking and is caught out of position but working and playing alongside Terry can only benefit him and hopefully he will learn from him to make him a complete player. This is what I am looking forward to monitor this season.

Aston Villa obviously mean business this year where if they can get the right striking partnership then we can turn the mass of draws we had last year into wins and get back to the Premier League where this great club deserves to be.

What are your thoughts Villa fans? Let us know in the comments below!

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