Redknapp: This is the only Aston Villa player Premier League clubs will want to sign in summer
By Harry Sykes
Jordan Ayew is the only Aston Villa player likely to attract interest from Premier League clubs in the summer, according to Harry Redknapp.
The 24-year-old forward has been one of the few bright sparks in what has been a wretched campaign for the crisis-torn Midlands club.
Villa are all but relegated after a 2-1 home defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday left them 15 points from safety with five games left.
The Premier League mainstays will head down to the Championship on the back of one of the worst top-flight campaigns in the competition’s history.
Former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager Redknapp pointed the finger of blame firmly at the players, rather than sacked managerial pair Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde.
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“I look at their team and I don’t know who half the players are,” wrote Redknapp in his Telegraph column on Sunday night. “They’ve brought in all these players – particularly from France – who just aren’t good enough.
“Bringing in all these average players creates two problems. The first is that relegation is inevitable. The second is that it makes it very, very difficult to get out of the Championship. The reason for that is that you have to shift all these players on big wages to give yourself a chance – and who on earth is going to take them?
“Jordan Ayew looks a decent player, and I think he’ll get a move away from Villa this summer. But can you say the same about any of the others?
“I can’t think of another player in that squad who will get a move back to the Premier League, which means they could go into the Championship with a squad of players on serious money who are happy to wait out the remaining two, three or four years of their contracts.”
Ayew joined Villa from French club Lorient in an £8.5million deal last summer and has made a sound impression in the Premier League, scoring six goals in 25 top-flight appearances.
He is the club’s top scorer after striking one more time than fellow front man Rudy Gestede, who has five goals.
In other Aston Villa news, a long-serving player is set to be off-loaded in the summer.