Aston Villa

My 3 Villans …Not Fit to Wear the Shirt

Each transfer window, clubs strengthen their squads with new additions. Unfortunately though, not all signings work out as planned. Here are 3 players who, in the last decade or so, should never have pulled on the Aston Villa shirt, let alone kicked a ball!

Habib Beye
Some may think that the inclusion of Habib is a harsh one. However, when you consider the wage bill problems Aston Villa have been experiencing over the past several seasons, it seems giving a 31 year old squad player a three year contract for in excess of £35,000 p/w was a terrible idea. Habib has managed just 9 appearances in 2 years, being hauled off on his debut in a 2-0 defeat to Wigan and getting red carded in his third match against West Ham. Not good value for money.

Eric Djemba-Djemba

While not the most expensive transfer, Eric Djemba-Djemba brought a new meaning to the word ‘flop’. After a short and uninspiring career at Man Utd, David O’Leary wasted just over a million pounds on the Cameroon midfielder. His fate was sealed when Martin O’Neill took over, played him once as a substitute and never used him again. He left for Qatar SC in 2006 in an attempt to repair his career.

Bosko Balaban
Who else over the last decade or so has disappointed more than Bosko Balaban? Signing for a then substantial fee of around £6m, Bosko Balaban was supposed to be the answer to Villa’s goal prayers.  He had an incredible scoring record in Croatia but failed to settle in England and made a total of 9 appearances in just over 2 years, totalling zero goals.

He was loaned back to Zagreb where he resumed scoring and was finally released from his contract. To rub salt in the wounds, his scoring record since he left Villa have been very impressive, scoring in excess of 1 goal per 2 games for the following 7 seasons.

There are many players who you perhaps believe should never have pulled on the famous Aston Villa shirt.

This is just my opinion – who is in your top 3?

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