Transfer: Aaron Tshibola departs Villa & joins Nottingham Forest on loan.

As featured earlier, Aaron Tshibola is off following a patchy early Villa career.

After a relatively bright start, including a decent performance in the 3-0 home win against Rotherham, his development has faltered.

Injury and fitness issues have persisted for a player who had similar struggles at his former club Reading.

More concerning, it also included a period in the Under-23’s (development squad) where he failed to impose or impress the new boss or fans.

The £5 million signing, just 22 years old, will now have a period away from Villa Park at the City Ground.

This presumably follows the signings of Bjarnason, Hourihane & Lansbury to bolster Villa’s beleaguered midfield options.

Intriguingly, it would also suggest that Steve Bruce is happy going into the final portion of the campaign with Jedinak, Westwood & Gardner in reserve.

Tshibola will link up with Nottingham Forest initially on loan.

Key Stats:

  • 22 years old.
  • Signed by Roberto Di Matteo
  • “Box to box” midfielder.
  • 8 league appearances for Villa
  • Right sided.
  • England international at youth level.
  • Contract at AVFC until 2020.
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