By Noel Whelan

11th Oct, 2020 | 11:24am

'Get Off the Wage Bill' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Aston Villa maybe selling two seniors

Noel Whelan has argued that Aston Villa will struggle to offload Anwar El Ghazi and Frederic Guilbert in the coming days. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United suggested that the best solution for the club could be to seek potential loan suitors for the pair.

As revealed by Football Insider, Villa are looking to ship out the duo in an effort to reduce their wage bill before the domestic transfer window shuts on October 16th.

But Whelan believes that facilitating their exits could be a lot easier said than done.

Asked if Villa are going to find it difficult to move the pair on, he told Football Insider: “They are indeed, absolutely.

“Guilbert’s not been there that long so his contract’s probably got a couple of years left on it.

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“I think for those sort of players, if they’ve had the conversation with the manager, it’s about getting them out on loan.

“If it’s not going to be a permanent signing and they’re surplus to requirements at Aston Villa, which they will be now with the signings they’ve made, they’ve got to get out there and just try get them loaned out to some clubs and gets some wages off the bill.”

Neither El Ghazi or Guilbert has played for Villa in the Premier League so far this term, although the former was in the match day squad for the victories over Sheffield United and Liverpool.

Between them, the duo made 59 top flight appearances in 2019/20, with 48 starts for Dean Smith’s men.

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