Joleon Lescott hasn’t had a great time at Aston Villa.
He’s managed to draw ire for accidental tweets, he’s pretty much despised for his lack of effort (although, it is a level of effort consistent with the rest of Villa’s squad) and despite his efforts to repair things with Villa’s fanbase, he’s consistently used the wrong vocabulary.
And that’s not helped by the minority of Villa fans who will not stop harassing or bullying Lescott for his mistakes.
So it really comes as no surprise that Roberto Di Matteo is allowing Lescott to leave Aston Villa on a free transfer to whomever is willing to take a chance on him.
That team would be Leeds United according to John Percy of The Telegraph. There’s no doubt that Lescott can still perform at a Championship level, but he needs a secure defense alongside him to make up for his lack of speed and pace. Aston Villa can’t really offer that and if he does stay, he’ll still be left isolated without help as Villa’s backline hasn’t really improved. Lescott for Villa is nothing more than a depth option and if Leeds do take the gamble, Di Matteo will need to replace him as soon as possible, considering that Nathan Baker, Jores Okore and Tommy Elphick succumb to injuries with regularity.