Aston Villa are nicely and actually losing a wage on Frederic Guilbert because the French defender continues to coach with the U21s.
The correct-back joined Villa from SM Caen in January 2019 in a deal price £4.4m, initially re-joining the Ligue 1 facet on mortgage earlier than linking up with the Midlands membership after the season’s end.
He was one thing of an everyday in Dean Smith’s facet throughout the 2019/20 marketing campaign, making 31 appearances in all competitions, by which he contributed two targets and two assists.
Nevertheless, the previous supervisor clearly wasn’t impressed and despatched the right-back on mortgage to Strasbourg in January 2021, as Matty Money had established himself as the primary selection in that place.
He returned to Strasbourg as soon as once more in August 2021 having featured as soon as extra for Villa’s first workforce, contributing a aim and an help in a 6-0 win towards Barrow within the League Cup.
Is Guilbert an Aston Villa flop?
Regardless of being an everyday for the Ligue 1 facet final season, contributing 4 assists in 33 league appearances, he’s but to function in Steven Gerrard’s squads this season and appears to be utterly surplus to necessities on the Midlands membership.
Whether or not his state of affairs on the membership adjustments following the harm suffered by Money is but to be seen however the truth that Gerrard chosen Ashley Younger as his right-back towards Southampton means that Guilbert has no future on the membership.
The 28-year-old is reportedly coaching with the U21s after lacking out on a transfer away from Villa Park and the January switch window will certainly symbolize an opportunity for Villa to axe the defender for good, though they are going to be fortunate to obtain a payment at this level, on condition that his contract is ready to run out on the finish of the season.
Contemplating Guilbert has been a Villa participant for 190 weeks now and earns £40k-per-week on the membership, the Villans have spent round £7.6m in wages on the previous Caen man.
This, mixed with the £4.4m payment, means that Villa have primarily wasted £12m on a participant that was maybe by no means ok for the Premier League and now appears to be like set to go away for nothing within the close to future.