Aston Villa were expected to sign a new striker this week, but instead find themselves one striker lighter, as Callum Robinson has departed on a season-long loan to Bristol City.
It was announced today by Tim Sherwood that Emmanuel Adebayor's transfer to the club is no longer ongoing. Whilst this doesn't necessarily rule out the Togolese international's arrival, this along with the departure of Robinson leaves Villa a little bit light in the striker department again.
On the other hand, following the arrival of both Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede this summer, there was always going to be heavy competition for the striker position this season. The experience of both Gabby Agbonlahor and Libor Kozak meant that they were never going to be dropped or sold, so the writing was always on the wall for Callum Robinson, despite his impressive pre-season performance against Walsall.
For Robinson, this loan is perhaps his last chance to play his way into the Aston Villa side. After this year, he will be of an age that he will have to be selected in the 25 man squad in order to feature. Given the competition for places in the Villa squad, there is no guarantee that he would make the grade. Unless he plays well this season, he may find his career going the way of fellow academy graduate Nathan Delfouneso, whose Aston Villa career faltered and ultimately failed to pan out.
This move is good for Robinson to get first team experience, but it is also a good move for other young strikers at Villa, such as Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Jerell Sellars and Andre Green. This gives them an opportunity to potentially feature in senior games this season.
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