Manager Tim Sherwood is preparing for his first summer transfer window in charge after securing the club’s Premier League status for next season and has confirmed that he is looking to balance out the squad former boss Paul Lambert left him.
“It’s been a tough job. I will take the summer to have a breather assess what we’ve got, what I might be able to improve,” he told the newspaper. “We might have to clear some out to bring some in, that normal at every club.
“It’s an unbalanced squad, definitely. What I mean by that is we have a lot of players in one position in the field.
“We have to bring players in and make sure they are a little bit more durable than the ones brought in previously.
“I’m very honest with my players. If they’re surplus to requirements I’ll be telling them it’s probably best to go and find another club. I will endeavour to make sure we bring in players who can make us better.”
Three of those who could be deemed surplus to requirements are Cissokho, Gil and Weimann, who have all struggled to make their mark on the first-team since Sherwood’s arrival.
Signed from Valencia in the summer, Cissokho proved solid but unspectacular as the club’s starting left-back before going down with a groin strain in the new manager’s first game in charge against Stoke, and has since failed to make another appearance.
Weimann, meanwhile, has not made it off the bench for the past five matches, having scored just four goals in 35 total appearances this term, while Gil has become even more of a peripheral figure under the ex-Spurs boss.
A former teammate of Cissokho at Valencia, the Spanish midfielder was billed as the elusive number 10 Villa had been lacking upon his winter arrival and earned rave reviews over his first five appearances for the club.
However, the former Under-21 international lasted just 58 minutes into Sherwood’s debut match before being hauled off and has not been back in the line-up since, making just a one-minute FA Cup cameo in the past 13 games.
Having showed such initial promise, his continued absence has baffled Villa fans and, while few would be too upset to see either Cissokho or Weimann leave in the coming months, Gil’s potential departure might not go down too well with the claret and blue faithful.