Woah, flop incoming. Aaron Tshibola…remember him? We certainly do, for all the wrong reasons, mind.
The more fortune amongst you fans may have suppressed the memory that Villa, before their finances came crumbling down, spent real money on the midfielder – not monopoly, not chocolate coins, not novelty tissues with notes printed on them – legitimate, tangible and valuable pound sterling.
‘How much did he cost?’ I hear you all shouting, hands over eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Well, he set cash strapped Villa back £5million from Championship side Reading back in 2016. A vomit inducing amount, if you ask us – especially considering the alarming fact that he had played the majority of his football at the Madejski Stadium with the under-23s and not the senior squad (45 appearances for the reserves compared to 17 in the first team).
It’s not that we disagree with signing raw talent, but Villa were surely more in need of a finished product given their position.
Yes, the spawn of Roberto Di Matteo’s shockingly poor decision making and disastrous spell at Villa Park cost an absolutely premium three years ago and what does the club actually have to show for it? Well, absolutely nothing – that’s what.
Steve Bruce inherited the “problem” when he took over from the sacked Italian in October 2016 and before the Congolese star could utter the words “flop” he was sent packing. First to Nottingham Forest, a cursed club where no man leaves better off, then to MK Dons, everyone’s least favourite team before eventually settling in Scotland with the mighty Kilmarnock for two seasons. All while Aston Villa have him under contract. Pretty special stuff, really. Even better (worse) is the fact that he’s contracted to the club for another year.
Although we’re not entirely sure he’ll see that one through, especially with Premier League football on the horizon.
Villa fans, is Tshibola one of your worst signings ever? Let us know in the comments below…
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