Taxi for Tonev
It's been widely reported over the last few days that both Luna and Tonev are deemed surplus to requirements at Villa, with both omitted from our Texan tour. For me, the exit of Tonev cannot come soon enough.
Tonev is what might be regarded as a punt. A relatively low risk acquisition from Polish Ekstraklasa club, Lech Poznan, Tonev arrived at B6 in June 2013. He was a rough gem. The question was this: could Villa make him shine? The answer: no. The reason for this is simple: Aleksander Tonev is not anywhere near the standard this club expects.
To be fair to the player, it is not Tonev's fault that he is not good enough, though his insistence on shooting from distance justifiably led to criticism from the seats, particular when his shooting was often part satellite launch, part field goal attempt. It will be no surprise to any that in his 158 professional appearances spread across four clubs, Tonev has managed 13 goals though none of them have been for Villa.
Simply put: Aston Villa football club should not be anywhere near this standard of player. The club should know it, the manager should know it and the scouting network should definitely know it. Instead of signing him, a years development has been lost on Sami Carruthers who could have taken Tonev's 20 league and cup appearances. He certainly could not have done any worse than he hapless Bulgarian.
The initial outlay for Tonev will certainly be recouped along with a small profit though is the limited financial return worth it when our own academy players are missing out on experience and first team opportunity? All in all, a dreadful signing.
Our time with Tonev can't end soon enough.