By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have handed Scott Sinclair and Jordan Ayew the iconic number nine and 10 shirt numbers – despite strong doubts about their futures at the club.
Winger Sinclair has been given the same number nine he wore last season despite Roberto Di Matteo admitting on Friday that the club are considering a bid for him from Scottish champions Celtic.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 5, 2016
Striker Ayew has been given the iconic number 10 role which is a change from the number 19 shirt he wore last season.
If the numbers revealed by the club on Friday afternoon are anything to go by then it will seem manager Roberto Di Matteo has plans to hold on to the attacking duo.
Here is the club’s official Twitter account revealing the squad numbers for this season.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 5, 2016
Ayew has been attracting interest from across Europe all summer, although owner Tony Xia and club manager Di Matteo have consistently stated that he will remain at Villa Park.
The Sun have reported that West Ham have opened talks with Villa over an £8million deal for the Ghana international.
Academy graduate Jack Grealish has been given his favoured number 40 shirt, while the much-criticised Gabby Agbonlahor holds onto his squad number.
New £12 million signing Ross McCormack, who put pen to paper on a four-year deal on Thursday morning has been assigned the number 44 shirt, but this may change as he is a recent addition to the squad.
In other Aston Villa team news, manager Roberto Di Matteo has fired this last chance warning to the club’s academy graduate.