After it was announced on Wednesday that Albert Adomah would be leaving at the end of his contract, the floodgates have well and truly opened. Alan Hutton, Ritchie De Laet, Tommy Elphick and Mile Jedinak found the exit door as well as their contracts expired.It was long expected that Micah Richards and Mark Bunn would be let go as well. However, questions remained about whether Glenn Whelan would be given another year due to his performances this season - that is not the case, though.
Under Dean Smith the club have taken a first step into a new era and it looks like a lot of new faces will be arriving, and many more could yet leave. While Villa have tackled the problem of getting promoted from the Championship, they’ll have to tangle with the administrative issue of squad churn - how can they replace the senior players who left? Can they find the right fits? Can they do it without burning cash?
It remains to be seen. However, there seems to be an imminent incoming transfer on the horizon as Jota swaps Birmingham City for Aston Villa with the long-serving Gary Gardner going the other way. Adding a player that fits within Smith’s vision for the tactical setup of the club is a smart move - especially as it won’t break the bank.
As for the departing players, I hope you’ll join me in wishing them all the best for the future. One player, in Micah Richards, is attracting a large number of barbed comments from Villa fans. We’re all so much better than that. Adios, and thanks for all the memories - both good and bad. We’d not be here without these players.