Aston Villa have today announced that Easah Suliman has left the club on a short-term loan to Football League Two outfit, Cheltenham Town.
Loan news: Good luck to Easah Suliman, who has joined @CTFCofficial until January 2, 2017. pic.twitter.com/pH8eSqwYUt— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 4, 2016
Regardless of the fact that Ciaran Clark has left Villa Park, with Tommy Elphick, Jores Okore, Nathan Baker and Kevin Toner battling it out for the two centre-back spots in Roberto Di Matteo’s Villa team - It’s likely Suliman won’t see much first-team action at Aston Villa this season.
That means that this short-term deal, set to expire in January 2017, is a great option for both Villa and Suliman. Villa don’t need to worry about Suliman and Suliman doesn’t need to worry about getting vital first-team minutes. However, Easah might be just a bit gutted to miss out on the Premier League International Tournament that Villa’s U23 team will be competing in. That being said, if Easah does well, he might shoot straight to the top of the pack at Villa.
For those who don’t know, Suliman is an incredibly important part of Villa’s future. The 18 year old is the first player of Pakistani heritage to captain an England team and is leading the way for a potential Asian breakthrough at the higher levels of English football. Not only does he seem to be a fantastically gifted player, Birmingham’s Asian community will be able to see themselves in a player for Aston Villa. Suliman’s potential influence on Villa’s future cannot be underestimated.