Tim Sherwood has made it very clear over this summer that there are several players at Aston Villa who are surplus. That list is one player shorter today as Aleksandar Tonev has been shipped off to Serie A club Frosinone Calcio. Tonev was never able to make much of an impact at Villa. Since arriving in the summer of 2013, he has had only eight starts and eleven substitute appearances.
He'll more likely be remembered for his season on loan with Celtic last year. While there, Tonev received a seven-match ban for racist comments to another player. After that news broke it seemed only a matter of time before Villa washed their hands of the Bulgarian. But there he was in preseason, and a little worry crept in until squad numbers were announced and he was nowhere to be found.
Frosinone Calcio are basically Italy's Bournemouth. After securing promotion to Serie B from the Italian third tier in the 2013-14 season, they doubled up and made it back-to-back with promotion to Serie A at the end of last season. This will be the club's first-ever top-flight season.
So there you have it. A lovable club with a great story and a far-from-lovable winger who never saw a shot he wouldn't take (and miss).