Embattled Villa Park boss set for a clear-out.
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Only one week into the transfer window and already the rumour mill is threatening to explode with the sheer amount of stories about the revolving doors at Aston Villa.
After a lacklustre display at home to the Black Cats, Villa dropped into the relegation zone for the first time in 9 years. A mixture of disgruntlement, passionless displays and a high wage bill are all tell tale signs of a surge of activity on the horizon for Villa’s small squad.
So as fans watch on as a top 6 squad minus James Milner is dismantled, who will be missed?
Steve Sidwell: After a 5 million pound transfer from mega rich Chelsea, Sidwell harboured what turned out to be unrealistic expectations. A total of 45 appearance saw a return of only 3 goals and only a handful of decent displays.
John Carew: Villa’s top scorer for the past three seasons looks to be off after his relationship with Houllier hit a brick wall, with West Brom his most likely destination. If Carew does depart it proves a risky move by Houllier due to the fact Carew was and still is a favourite with the Villa Park faithful.
Curtis Davis: Unable to break back into the Villa squad, after a hefty 8 million pound price tag and two mixed seasons in terms of performances. He’s Unlikely to play another league game for Villa due to a clause in his contract which means if he does play again his contract is extended by two years.
Habib Beye: Often regarded amongst the Villa fans as a costly mistake, signed in 2009 Beye has only made a mere 9 appearances, to add to the fan frustration at Beye’s poor performances he also received a red card in one of his 9 outings for the club.
Stephen Warnock: Burst onto the scene in his debut season, gaining critical acclaim and became a key player in the Villa squad, injuries and confidence have seen Warnock’s displays in a Villa shirt drop radically, leading to him being left out of the squad over the Christmas period.
Stephen Ireland: Looks set to be shipped out before his Aston Villa Career has even begun, poor performances and disagreements with the managing staff looks to have cut this promising players time at Villa short, too short for some.
Nigel Reo-Coker: No reports are linking this combative midfielder away from the club, however the inability to agree on wages for his contact which expires in July 2011, could see Villa cash in on the midfielder, or see him leave for free in the summer.
With a small squad like Villa’s being almost decimated, experienced players incomings are a must. Jean Makoun, Chris Samba, Wayne Bridge and German shot stopper Roman Weidenfeller are all possibility’s to add to the recently acquired young full back Kyle Walker.
When questioned about Villa’s form and the winter window Houllier responded honestly “Everybody’s concerned at the club. But hopefully, we’ll get one or two player in January and things will perk up”.
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