Joleon Lescott is a boyhood Aston Villa fan so when that club comes calling, it will be very difficult for him to say no to them and switch his focus elsewhere.
Lescott was a key part of the Manchester City defence which won the Premier League last season. He personified everything that was good about the City defence with his pace, strength and power.
For some reason he has been placed down the pecking order at City this time round but he should seriously weigh up his position against a move to Aston Villa in a number of ways.
Should City pick up an injury to a key defensive player then Lescott will have his chance to step in and secure that position for himself, he’s done it before and he’s done it again.
He is far too good to go to a club lingering near the bottom three and in with a real chance of dropping into a relegation fight for the rest of the season.
Then there is the issue of Everton because David Moyes has already said that if Lescott is available, he would seriously consider taking the defender back to Goodison Park.
So Lescott has three options on the table; stay and fight for his place at City, go back to his old club Everton or join Aston Villa and possibly be relegated.
Needless to say a defender who joins a side which then gets relegated won’t exactly emerge from the situation with a sparkling reputation. This would also damage Lescott’s chances of a long and successful spell in an England shirt.
If he can find the energy and the enthusiasm to fight his way back into the City side then he’ll be wearing the three lions again for many years to come.
This is just something else he has to weigh up against everything because ultimately he is a professional and he will want to play every single week for whichever club he is representing.
The logistics of any move to Aston Villa or Everton wouldn’t be too complicated but it would be remarkable to see him sign for either considering how obviously important he was to City last season and how important he can still be for them.
It would be a terrific transfer for Aston Villa if they pulled it off but it will be frustratingly annoying to many who also value Lescott’s ability as one of the best English defenders around.
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