Xia Passes Fit & Proper Tests, Clark Own Goal Howler & Guzan Future.

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Brad Guzan has cast some doubt on his future, stating that it will be discussed only after the conclusion of the Copa America.  

The American, so erratic in form in recent seasons, has seen his stock nose-dive dramatically after a number of high profile howlers and an unsavoury altercation with Villa fan’s at Wycombe.  

Despite early promise when he re-signed for the club, Brad has struggled badly for consistency and confidence.  Equally, with little or no real competition for the Number 1 shirt at Villa Park for far too long, there is an argument to be had about there being a genuine threat to his spot.

Telling Villa fans to ‘F’ off hardly endears you either.

Poor form all round.  Brad has a year left on his remaining deal at Villa Park & it’s difficult to see a new contract being forthcoming.

Spare a thought for Ciaran Clark.

Clark, the solitary member of Villa’s relegation squad to make it to the European Championships in France, has topped off a miserable season with a fine headed own goal:

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Clark, attempting to intercept a dangerous cross by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, could do no more than plant a diving bullet header into his own net.

The own goal was harsh on Ireland but particularly upon Clark, who had made many crucial clearances throughout the game.  

The Irish went on to draw this, their first game of the tournament against Sweden 1-1 but may yet rue the dropped points.

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Xia Passes Leagues Fit and Proper Test

We can breathe a sigh of relief of sorts as confirmation of Tony Jiantong Xia’s passing the leagues fit and proper test have now been reported.

Xia who flew into England this week to complete the formalities and meet with officials, will now visit Birmingham to give Roberto Di Matteo the green light on transfers.  Our new boss is reported to have a war chest of up to £40 million to spend on guiding Villa back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Xia has already made many bold statements about his intentions for Aston Villa since his ownership was announced; now is the time to act upon them.

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