By Harvey Byrne
Aston Villa have announced their ninth summer signing, with Albert Adomah joining the side from Middlesbrough – and Villa supporters have reacted warily on Twitter to the Ghana international.
Villa chairman Tony Xia revealed the signing of the 28-year-old winger on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.
The quick attacker was left out of the Boro squad which faced West Brom on Sunday, in a signal that a move was imminent before Wednesday’s confirmation.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 31, 2016
The club have been busy this summer, bringing in eight senior players, and Ritchie De Laet, Mile Jedinak, James Chester and Tommy Elphick have also stepped down from the Premier League.
Villa fans have reacted positively to the news, but some are wary that Adomah has joined a long list of players leaving Villa Park to compete in the African Cup of Nations in January.
Adomah in, another off to AFCON in January….Ayew, Gestede, Adomah, Kodja all off in Jan! Will need to win the league by Xmas then. #UTV
— Chris Price (@80cjpricey) August 31, 2016
all theese new signings but what we gonna do for the africa cup of nations, so far well lose gestede kodjia ayew and now adomah? #AVFC
— Callum Lewis (@Callumlew12) August 31, 2016
Wonder if Adomah signing will have an impact on Ayew staying. International teammates #AVFC
— Joel Cox (@JoelSCox) August 31, 2016
Adomah played briefly with De Laet down Boro right and links with Ayew for Ghana at international level
— Martin Laurence (@martinlaurence7) August 31, 2016
@avfctransfers1 think this is our last, little short at the back and losing gestede,ayew,kodjia,adomah for afcon worrys me ?
— Matt Burton (@MattBur00171477) August 31, 2016
McCormack- once he gets firing properly will be class
Kodjia and Adomah- wait and see
overpaid for some yeah but in general a solid window
— Dale (@Dale4433) August 31, 2016
— Dickie B (@dickiebaird) August 31, 2016
Aston Villa have a long Championship campaign to contend with, and the African Cup of Nations, which takes place in Gabon 14 January – 5 February next year, will take some crucial players away from the club.
New signing Adomah, Ghana’s Jordan Ayew, Benin’s Rudy Gestede and Jonathan Kodjia from the Ivory Coast all look likely to miss five fixtures, which includes a derby match against Wolves.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, winger Adama Traore is set for an instant return to the Premier League with promoted outfit Middlesbrough.