Opinion

Major mistake: Aston Villa £1.5m-rated defender that should have left Villa Park by now

The current financial climate at Aston Villa right now means a bunch of players are likely to be sold this summer.

And while he might not attract the largest of fees, Micah Richards is one player that should be put on the transfer list at Villa Park.

Richards, who is valued at £1.5m by Transfermarkt, has barely played any football for Villa in the Championship and with his high wages, the former Manchester City defender simply isn’t worth keeping around.

In fact, there was probably an even earlier argument for Richards to leave the club. Much was expected of the 30-year-old when he joined from Manchester City on a free transfer back in 2015.

With his experience and leadership qualities, there was an expectation for him to strengthen Villa at the back in what was expected and became a relegation zone embroiled season in the Premier League. But Richards simply failed to deliver and was condemned to the Championship with the rest of his team-mates.

Unlike his team-mates, however, Richards has had relatively no impact. Richards has struggled with injury during his time at Villa Park but, taking his wages into account, the central defender’s lack of availability gives his club even more of a reason to sell him.

Additionally, even if Richards had managed to stay fit in Villa’s recently concluded Championship campaign, he hasn’t shown anything during his spell in the Midlands to suggest he had the ability to push either John Terry or James Chester out of the team.

Ultimately, Aston Villa should’ve got rid of Richards after their Premier League relegation. They didn’t and must now act before such players help deepen the club’s financial crisis.

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