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Aaron Tshibola will go down as a £5 million Aston Villa flop

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Aaron Tshibola will go down as a £5 million Aston Villa flop

The 2016 signing should have thrived at Villa Park but struggled to fit in.

Aaron Tshibola has left Aston Villa yet again, heading to Scotland to rejoin former loan side Kilmarnock. He has joined Killie on a season-long spell with his first-team opportunities at Aston Villa looking non-existent.

It is quite a demise considering the amount Aston Villa paid for him in 2016. Roberto Di Matteo sanctioned a move reported to be worth £5 million to bring the player in from Reading. He was known to his assistant Steve Clarke from his time at the Berkshire club, and the Scot is now his manager again at Rugby Park.

It all started well for the midfield dynamo. He scored against Newcastle United in just his second game for the club and Aston Villa fans were impressed early on.

“He’s a highly-rated and well-respected young player who will provide us with plenty of energy, courage and determination in the middle of the park.

“I am confident he will be a tremendous addition to our squad for the very important new season – and beyond.” 

– Roberto Di Matteo on Tshibola after signing the midfielder.





However, his performances dipped and when Di Matteo and Clarke were given the boot Tshibola effectively was as well.


Steve Bruce was not a fan and the midfielder had spells at Nottingham Forest and MK Dons before heading to Scotland.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 09: Aaron Tshibola of Kilmarnock vies with Stuart Armstrong of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on May 9, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It is no doubt something of a mystery that the burgeoning talent never quite made the grade at Villa Park, considering he looked on the precipice of being a Championship star at the Madejski Stadium.

Tshibola was a young talent with all the tools to be a star for Aston Villa in the Championship. It is hard to see how this all went so wrong. But he will now be hoping to help Kilmarnock in the Scottish top-flight but will no doubt go down as an Aston Villa flop.

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