Gueye has explained the reason behind his move to Aston Villa, and it is not a good one.
Speaking to L’Equipe in France, Gueye admitted that he has moved to Villa so he can earn a move to a bigger club in the future.
"I wanted a change of scenery,” the Senegalese international said. “The most important thing was to come to England to improve and aim for a big club later. It's a league which suits me down to the ground. The box-to-box style is very much mine. I think I'll enjoy it.”
These comments will certainly annoy Villa fans, who had been hoping to see loyalty from the player brought to the club to replace Fabian Delph.
Delph, who took less than a week from committing his future to Villa before leaving for Manchester City, will be swiftly forgotten at Villa Park, and Gueye looks a great replacement.
He is a more box-to-box midfielder than the Englishman, and last season he showed a real attacking threat which had perviously not been part of his game. On the pitch he will replace Delph with ease, and likely become a more important player than the new City man, but by his comments that will not last long.
If he enjoys a prolific debut season in the Premier League, Gueye wants to ensure that he earns a move to a ‘big club’ as soon as possible, and that could come next summer.
He may have chosen to join Villa, and the Birmigham-based club will benefit from his talents for the foreseeable future, but his move is down to all the wrong reasons.
Gueye could prove to become a great signing for the club, but it is unlikely that he will earn the backing of the Villa fans after his recent comments.