Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 8, 2014
After a largely forgettable spell with Liverpool last season, Aly Cissokho’s arrival at Aston Villa has been greeted with an air of ridicule among fans of the former club.
Joining on a four-year deal from Valencia for around £2.5 million, the once-highly-rated French left-back spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Anfield but struggled with injuries, looking out of his depth in his 15 league appearances.
The 26-year-old was though a regular in the La Liga side’s lineup the season prior, as well as with Lyon for three campaigns before moving to Spain in August 2012, earning his sole international cap under Laurent Blanc in 2010.
That in mind, while some were quick to mock the signing on that basis of his Reds stint, Cissokho at least has some past credentials, including Champions League experience, which should fill supporters with hope of him become a solid contributor in Paul Lambert’s lineup.
Furthermore, with Villa again proving reluctant to splash out this summer, with Philippe Senderos and Joe Cole arriving on a pair of free transfers, and Kieran Richardson signed from Fulham for a nominal fee, the mere fact that actual cash has been spent is somewhat encouraging.
Perhaps best known for failing a medical with AC Milan in 2009 because of concerns about his teeth, the former Porto defender faces little competition at his position so should see significant minutes, and the sentiment among Villa fans appears somewhat optimistic based on these responses to the deal.
Pleased with Cissokho as #AVFC have been v lightweight in the FB, CB and CM areas. Hope Okore a new DM and Cissokho help add more strength.— Shelley (@shelley_ozzy) August 8, 2014
happy with #avfc signing Cissokho. He has something to prove which i like as so did Laursen, Carew, Bouma and Vlaar...they turned out ok ;-)— Rossa (@rossac25) August 8, 2014
For a man that once cost Lyon €15million surely Aly Cissokho is a steal for Villa at €2million. Keane will shape him up. #AVFC— Ódhran Killoran (@O_Kay99) August 8, 2014
Peopele being negative to the cissokho signing must wake up. We are a poor PL team now and he is a CL experienced player #avfc— Christer (@Chrsmo) August 8, 2014
Good to see Aly Cissokho sign for the Villa! Decent signing that! #avfc— Deano Kerr (@Deankerr04) August 8, 2014
Very very pleased with the Cissokho signing. A very good left back, footballer & athlete. #AVFC— Andy Dakin (@AndyDakin) August 8, 2014
I know he struggled a bit at Liverpool last term, but think Aly Cissokho will be a decent signing for #avfc with Prem experience behind him— Warren Ashurst (@wazza_ashurst) August 8, 2014
Aly Cissokho is a great signing IMO, Lamberts done well there! #avfc— Ashley Savage (@Savage_AVFC) August 8, 2014
Very happy with Cissokho. Seriously, what can £2m buy you these days? Very good business IMO. Will 100% improve us. #AVFC— JB (@jsb_av1) August 8, 2014
I think Cissokho will be a good player for us.Played 19 times for a team that finished second in EPL.Better than what we have. Welcome #avfc— o ƃ Ǝ ǝ ɥ ⊥ (@TheEgo74) August 8, 2014
Aly Cissokho - better than people give him credit for. Not title-challenge material but I fancy him to do well at Villa.— David Lynch (@DavidLynchMEN) August 8, 2014