Scottish defender Alan Hutton is hopeful of being able to force his way back into the reckoning at Aston Villa after finding himself frozen out under the club’s new manager Paul Lambert.
Lambert made little secret of the fact that the former Rangers and Tottenham player was one of those he would have been keen to sell in order to raise funds for rebuilding the team, and since the start of the new season Hutton has found himself out in the cold.
Not only is he not part of the manager’s first team plans, but he is not being allowed to train with them; a state of affairs that will have neutrals and those of a betting persuasion sceptical over his intentions to win over the new manager and regain his first team place.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has decided to sign a new contract with his current club rather than join the championship club Hull city. It is thought that Hull city manager Steve Bruce was extremely interested in bringing the American International to the KC stadium.
He was out of contract at the end of last season, which made him an ideal place for the Championship club, who are struggling with finances of late after having dropped out from the Premier league. The 27-year-old, though, has now announced that he has re-signed with the club after agreeing a three-year deal.
Aston Villa have decided to release three members of their first-team squad after deciding not to offer the new contracts.
Aston Villa recently revealed on their website that former England striker Emile Heskey, Carlos Cuellar, and Brad Guzan will be the players leaving the club once their contract expires next month.
The 34-year-old Emile Heskey was signed by former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill back in 2009. However, he has failed to live up to the expectations and will now be allowed to search for a new club after the end of this month. It is not a surprise decision given that the former Liverpool striker said a few weeks back that he expects his Aston Villa departure sooner rather than later.
Aston Villa's stand-in captain Gabriel Agbonlahor has pleaded with the Aston Villa fans to remain patient and continue to support them next season as well.
He has also said that fans should not restrain themselves from buying the season tickets after the team fared poorly this season.
Many fans were against the appointment of former Birmingham manager Alex McLeish, but Gabriel Agbonlahor argues that the former Birmingham manager has done a good job considering the huge number of injuries and the limited funds he has been provided with. As a result, he hopes that a next season will be a major improvement over the current one, in which they have flirted with relegation throughout the whole season.
Andreas Weimann scored his first Premier league goal to help Aston Villa to a thrilling 1-0 win over Fulham during the weekend.
The win is also extremely crucial for Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish, who has come under intense criticism of late.
Aston Villa were perilously close to the relegation zone just prior to the match, but as a result of this victory, they now are in a comfortable position heading into the last few matches of the Premier league season. Fulham are coming into the match on a good run of scoring form after having defeated struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 in their previous match.
Aston Villa striker Robbie Keane has said that he is open to making his move permanent to the Midlands club.
Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is currently on loan from MLS side LA Galaxy. He is set to return to the American club within the next few weeks, which would be a major blow for Aston Villa.
Since his arrival at Villa Park, Robbie Keane has been an extremely good player. These have led to suggestions that Aston Villa will be prepared to make a bid for the Republic of Ireland international, who has a lot of Premier league experience.
Alex McLeish of Aston Villa has let out the reasons why he was so keen on signing a quick loan deal for Robbie Keane - he feels that Keane is highly motivated in his approach and can help to bring about a change to the Villa team, and get the team fired up the prem table.
Robbie Keane is probably going to be signed for a two month loan deal so he is likely to play in six premier league games.
As yet, there is no commitment from any one at the Aston Villa end as no-one wants to give their final word until the entire deal is seen through. As of now, people are speculating that the entire transfer deal will be around 500 thousand pounds (including the amount for the wages, insurance and the loan fee). The deal should be finalized latest by next week.
Aston Villa were left wondering how they ended their game against Arsenal pointless after dominating much of the match.
The home side spurned a number of good chances before Theo Walcott was fouled in the box and Robin van Persie stepped up to blast home the resulting penalty.
But things changed when Marc Albrighton made the most of a defensive mix up between Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mretesacker.
The former was unable to find the latter with a simple pass and the Villa man nipped in, rounded Arsenal keep Tomas Szczesny and slotted home what was the Premier League’s 20,000th goal.
Aston Villa have had an indifferent start to the season. Even though they were unbeaten until the trip to Manchester City, they have had a lot of draws this season, and as a result, they find themselves only seven points about the drop zone.
The situation would be extremely misleading if you take the league positions into account because they lie in the eighth place just below Arsenal. However, performances have been pretty poor this season with the team struggling to score goals on a regular basis. The departure of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing has definitely had an impact, but it falls down to new manager Alex McLeish to sort it out.