By Coral Barry

Stan Collymore has ridiculed Leandro Bacuna’s claims he is good enough to play for a Champions League club while watching Aston Villa’s 4-2 loss to Southampton on Saturday.

Bacuna has been ever present in a miserable campaign for the Midlands club that will end in relegation after their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend confirmed their Championship status next season and Collymore tweeted his assessment of the winger during the latest defeat.

Villa were losing 2-0 at the time of the tweet with Bacuna putting in a virtually anonymous display and Collymore took the opportunity to post an assessment dripping in sarcasm.

The comment comes after Bacuna revealed in March that he was already planning his future away from Villa and was aiming to play for a Champions League club.

“Within the next two years, I try to make my next step,” said Bacuna speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS, as quoted by Sky Sports. “What it’s going to be, I do not know at this time. But I want to grow in two years. It does not necessarily have to be in England.

Bacuna arrived from Dutch side Groningen in 2013 and has made 27 appearances for Villa this season, but has failed to offer any real spark to the club’s dismal season, scoring just one goal and failing to provide a single assist.

The winger was asked whether he would consider returning to the Netherlands and admitted he would be interested as long as it was one of the Champions League bound teams.

The 24-year-old said: “That would just be Ajax or PSV, I think. They play Champions League football almost every year.

“If I have a chance to go there then why not?”

In other Villa news, the club are in talks for a £100million deal.