This neatly follows on from my last post about the Captain.
James Nursey in a piece about Darren Bent staying has said this
The new Villa boss is also a big fan of Ciaran Clark, 22, and the left-sided centre-back is to set to be given a chance to cement a start in pre-season.
In the piece he also says Hutton and Warnock to go, no surprise there. However if Clark is to be the main CB then it will mean a right footed centre back has to be found. Just for information Simon Kjaer fits this !!
What this will mean is a complete change at the back and it is vital to get a leader there when a new unit is finding it’s way. Clark is of course a leader in all the sides he has played in before the first team at Villa. I can not see him as Captain at the moment but who knows.
We therefore know the defence will be
Lowton CB Clark LB
So plenty of room there to find players and especially a dominating CB which Clark is not. Clark is a ball playing one and alongside one of them you do need a ‘clogger’. On Collins he says further on twitter
J Collins’ future at #AVFC still TBC . Don’t see him staying but Lambert can’t sell until replacement in as lacks experience with CC gone
So it is now at a point where a Centre Back is urgently needed and soon so we can ship out. Will we see movements this week, no idea but I expect further links to come out.