After a relegation scare back in the 2014/15 Premier League season, Aston Villa moved for experienced defender Micah Richards heading into the new campaign as they looked to avoid a similar scenario.
Richards, who spent the year prior to joining Aston Villa on loan at Serie A outfit Fiorentina, arrived at Villa Park on a free transfer from Manchester City in a move that looked like a great deal for the club.
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However, that was far from the case. Richards’ time at Villa Park has been plagued by injury, and the 30-year-old was a part of a horrendous Aston Villa defence that saw relegation at the end of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Since then, Richards has gone on to make just two Championship appearances in over two years and looks no closer to being able to add to that tally.
Simply put, Richards has been a waste of time for Aston Villa and has not done anything of significance for the Midlands club.
Despite the above, Aston Villa, however, have had no success in moving on the English defender with his unavailability, overall injury record and huge wages making the possibility of a transfer materialising practically impossible.
The former Manchester City man’s contract, though, finally expires next summer, which will come as a huge relief to the club who need to be financially cautious due to Financial Fair Play regulations.
As for the Aston Villa faithful, they will also be glad to see Richards depart Villa Park after years of being paid to, effectively, do nothing.
All in all, Richards’ move from Manchester City to Aston Villa has not been good for anyone.
And while there was much excitement initially from supporters surrounding his arrival at Villa Park, little noise will be made once Richards leaves out the back door following a massively disappointing spell in the Midlands.
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