It looks like being a tough summer at Aston Villa. After failing to win promotion to the Premier League the club are now believed to be in serious financial peril after over-spending from chairman Tony Xia. It is therefore likely that Aston Villa will need to move a number of players on this summer. Whilst it is bad news for the club, it is also a chance some of the fringe players at Aston Villa must take. One such player is Aaron Tshibola.
Signed in the summer of 2016 from Reading the DR Congo international cost a figure in the region of £5 million – according to the Reading Post.
It was an investment for the future which, so far, has not paid off.
The 23-year-old was a favourite of Roberto Di Matteo’s but was soon dropped after Steve Bruce’s arrival. Subsequent loan spells at Nottingham Forest and MK Dons came with mixed success.
But he spent the second part of last season on loan in Scotland with Kilmarnock. Working under his former Reading boss and Aston Villa assistant Steve Clarke he had a strong start before fading out slightly before the end of his deal.
Aston Villa should, however, give him a chance next season if he sticks around. The club could find themselves short in midfield if several top players make a move and Tshibola is a player who once looked a future Championship star.
In a summer where Villa cannot make many signings, the DR Congo star could be like a £5 million newbie.