By Amir Mir
Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Tshibola has made a bold claim to supporters as he prepares for life at Villa Park under the stewardship of manager Roberto Di Matteo.
The dynamic midfielder has promised to show non-stop fight and commitment for the club as they prepare to gain instant promotion back to the Premier League.
“I am 100 per cent in every game. I always fight for the cause – and I will never hide,” Tshibola told the official Villa website. “I know that’s what fans want to see too – commitment from every single player on that pitch. That’s what I am willing to do.”
The supporters will be pleased to hear these words from their new signing after watching a disgruntled and disinterested group of players last season.
The 21-year-old midfielder has come up through the ranks at the Madejski Stadium having joined Reading at the age of 13 and after a loan spell with Hartlepool he was a first-team starter for the Royals.
The youngster played under Villa assistant Steve Clarke at Reading during the 2015-16 season and the Scot is believed to have recommended Tshibola to new Villa boss Di Matteo.
He gave an insight to the supporters as to what they could expect from the midfielder as the new Championship season draws closer.
“In terms of my football qualities, I like to think I am an all-rounder.
“I won’t be too specific in terms of ‘I’m this or I’m that’. The fans will have to wait and see. But I like to say I am an all-rounder.” said Tshibola.
Aston Villa are unknown to the Championship after spending nearly three decades in the top-flight, they are now heading towards uncharted territory.
Villa’s number 18 has played in the football league since 2013 and has racked up nearly 50 appearances, the former Reading graduate warned supporters that life in the second-tier will not be easy going.
“The Championship is not an easy league. It’s very tough with some big clubs coming down this year. I think it’s going to be really competitive.” said Tshibola.
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