Belgian outlet Voetbal Primeur have claimed that Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Tshibola is set to end his nightmare spell at Villa Park and complete a permanent move to top-tier side Waasland-Beveren.
The 24-year-old joined Aston Villa from Reading in the summer of 2016 under Roberto Di Matteo. But soon after, the Italian boss was sacked and Tshibola plummeted down the pecking order. He has played just 10 times for Villa.
Instead, Tshibola has been sent on loan to MK Dons and then Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock for the last 18 months. At Rugby Park, he clocked up 43 appearances in all competitions – and in the meantime earned a DR Congo senior cap.
However, he has returned to Villa and remains surplus to requirements. It looks as though Tshibola is off to Belgium to get his career back on track, with Waasland Beveren. A fee is likely to be minimal, given his contract expires next summer.
TBR’s view – Tshibola never good enough for Villa
It is not the midfielder’s fault, but Di Matteo’s recruitment that summer was poor. The likes of Pierluigi Gollini, Ross McCormack and indeed Tshibola were all expensive flops.
At a side where he is likely to be first choice, Tshibola can get his career back on track and forge an international career by playing regularly. He can show Villa perhaps why Di Matteo was so keen to spend £5million to sign him.