Shaun Maloney has departed Aston Villa.
In what must be considered a protracted transfer arrangement, even by Villa`s standards, the deal to take Shaun Maloney to Celtic has finally been closed, having started more than likely the day after Maloney joined Aston Villa from Celtic.
As the official site randomly wanders into contradicting itself, the "versatile 25-year old" hasn`t quite had the versatility to settle in the West Midlands, with the Malaysian born midfielder/forward often being quoted as being homesick from those mysterious 'sources close to the player.`
Martin O`Neill discussed the departure of Shaun, briefly, to avfc.co.uk:
"We're going to try and get some more in because we need to strengthen. We've taken a few players on but Shaun's gone now and we still want a few in. We'll be working vigorously towards that end.
"The players need that strength in depth. If we can get a bit more competition, that's really healthy. Sidwell's desperate to get back and involved, Cuellar is the same."
Sorry Shaun, you just didn`t do enough. As far as I will remember you, as a misery faced, "homesick" player who showed very brief flashes of ability, and little else.
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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