Emile Heskey released by Australian club; should Villa bring him back?

Ashley Feder

Do it, Paul!

After two seasons playing for the Newcastle Jets in Australia's A-League, Emile Heskey was released by the club and is now available on a free transfer. Might Aston Villa be the perfect spot for him to land?

The striker played four seasons for Villa where he scored 14 goals in 110 appearances. Despite the protestations of the fans, Heskey left Villa when his contract expired and went to Australia in search of a new challenge. His two seasons with the Newcastle Jets were extremely successful as he led the club to an eight place finish in 2012-13 and seventh place in 2013-14. (That's out of ten teams.)

As successful as he was with Villa, he's two years older now and probably a step slower. Fair, but he's only 36 and scored 10 goals in 42 appearances in the A-League. That's pretty good. And even when he wasn't scoring, he was making spectacular plays like this one:

During one A-League match, an Australian channel even set up a Heskey Cam to capture his brilliance. And lets not forget, just four years ago, he was the attacking focal point of England's dynamic 2010 World Cup team.

Most importantly, he's on a free transfer, which is exactly what Villa seem to be going for right now. I think a Heskey reunion is just what Lambert needs to do to get the fans back on his side.

What do you all think? What's that? Oh, ok. Alright, well there's no need to throw things.

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