Would Aston Villa take back their former defender?

Former Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies is on the verge of a move back to the Premier League.

He has been one of the most consistent players for Birmingham City in a frustrating season this year, but the fact he joined Aston Villa’s main rivals is not a reason they should snub the chance to re-sign him.

Paul Lambert has been restrained by all sorts of shackles this season which has seen him forced into playing a very young team, void of experience which is where Davies can make a difference.

At 28-years-old he would be going back to the club with experience at the top level and with a chance that he may never have thought he’d get back, ever since Birmingham dropped into the Championship.

He seems to be in the best physical shape of his life which has allowed him to play a total of 45 games this season, proving that Lambert would be able to consistently select him even if that meant playing him twice a week.

The only problem with this possible deal is the fact that many fans will not have forgiven him for leaving in the first place.

Birmingham and Aston Villa share one of the biggest rivalries in English football and there will be plenty of Villa fans that still feel resentful towards Davies, despite the fact he seems to be a different player and person.

It all comes down to the boss because Lambert is someone who has shown a lot of faith in his young defenders this season and the experience of a relegation dogfight will do them some good.

Villa have a core of young defenders with the likes of Matt Lowton, Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker who could all do a job in forming the spine of the team over the next few seasons.

However, the one thing that Lambert needs to guard against is the possibility that Villa will be back in a similar position to this season, any time soon.

Davies is certainly a better player now than when he was first at the club and his presence as an experienced centre back alongside Ron Vlaar will give Villa a much better chance of consolidating as a mid-table team next season.

It’s a move that isn’t going to cause the club to break the bank and there is already reported interest from Norwich City, which means if Lambert doesn’t want to miss out then he has to get his act together very quickly.

The one thing the club can’t afford is for a bidding war to break out because Villa don’t have the resources to pay over the odds for Davies, which would force them to once again rely on their youngsters next year.

Can you see Davies back at Villa?

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