Aston Villa supporters in the Transfer Tavern are gearing up for the first leg of their team’s Championship semi-final against Middlesbrough on Saturday, although they go into it off the back of a defeat.
Steve Bruce’s men already had fourth place in the division assured prior to kick off against Millwall on Sunday, but they would have wanted to finish the campaign with a win ahead of the end of season play-offs. Yet they were unable to do so as a Shaun Williams penalty during the first half was enough to seal all three points for Neil Harris’ men, thus seeing them finish the season in a hugely respectable eighth place, while Villa gear up for one last push for promotion with defeat.
Thus, there have been some disappointed Villans supporters in the Tavern in recent times, although many are eagerly anticipating the play-offs, with several hopeful that their side can go all the way and thus return to the Premier League.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Villa fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Chelsea could seek to cut short Charly Musonda’s loan spell at Celtic this summer.
And these recent reports should tempt Bruce’s Villa into a summer move for the hugely-talented £4.5 million-rated youngster (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, things haven’t quite worked out for the 21-year-old at Parkhead since his move from Stamford Bridge in January, with the attacker earning just eight senior appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
And with just three starts to show for his endeavours, Musonda is simply not commanding the regular football both he and indeed Chelsea would have been hoping for from his stint in Glasgow, which could mean that he is once again available over the summer.
And with Villa potentially after further attacking reinforcements, regardless of what league they are in, during the close season, they should seek to land the 21-year-old.
Clearly, while the Villans were one of the higher scoring sides in the Championship last season, only two players in Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane reached double figures – quite simply, more will need to next season if they go up to the Premier League.
And while Musonda isn’t renowned for his goal-scoring ability, certainly in league football, his arrival would certainly add to the pool of talent Bruce has at his disposal, with the 21-year-old able to play both centrally and indeed down the flanks.
Ultimately, it appears that the attacker needs a regular run of games to begin fulfilling his undoubted potential – potential which has seen him net regularly for Chelsea’s youth sides in recent years.
And with that not happening at Celtic, and as such Chelsea reportedly set to recall him over the summer, Bruce’s Villa must seek to give him that opportunity, as doing so could see both Musonda and indeed the Midlands giants reap the rewards next season.
Villa fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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