By Russell Edge
Aston Villa have confirmed that midfield enforcer Aaron Tshibola has left the club on a year-long loan deal to MK Dons.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 27, 2017
The versatile central midfielder, who can play in both attacking and defensive roles, joined the club from Reading in a £5million deal last summer and spent the first half of the season with the Villans, making 10 appearances across all competitions and scoring once.
However, he moved to fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan for the latter half of the campaign, going on to turn out just four times for the club as they narrowly avoided relegation.
Now he has been shipped out for the entirety of the upcoming season, and will be looking to help MK Dons improve on a 12th placed finish.
Football Insider verdict
At just 22-years-old, Tshibola has a lot to learn. He struggled in the Championship with both Villa and Forest last season, despite his impressive performances for Reading. It could be that the ankle and hamstring injuries which saw him miss a huge chunk of his final campaign with the Royals has set back his progress, and if that is the case, then playing first team football is a must if he is to reach his potential. Aston Villa already have a whole host of experienced talent in the centre of the park, with former Premier League stars Glenn Whelan, Mile Jedinak and Jack Grealish all fighting it out, and as such, Tshibola would have had a tough time getting any action in the starting XI. Boss Steve Bruce has made the right decision shipping him out, and there is no doubt he will be keeping a close eye on the youngster’s development.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have agreed a deal in principle for a forward from a Premier League giant.