Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino 'delighted' to see Micah Richards sign for Aston Villa

Micah Richards

Tony Cascarino has lauded Micah Richards' move to Aston Villa.

Former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino has told Sky Sports that he is 'delighted' to see defender Micah Richards join Tim Sherwood's men.

Whilst Villa have been raiding French football for the likes of Jordan Amavi, Jordan Veretout, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew, Sherwood has also snapped up former England international Richards.

The 27-year-old was born in Birmingham, and has completed his return to his hometown having spent last season on loan at Fiorentina, moving on a free transfer from Manchester City.

Richards, who is comfortable at right back or centre back, had struggled to nail down a first team place at City, and is now expected to be a key figure in Sherwood's revamped Villa defence in the coming years.

Former Villa striker Cascarino has now told Sky Sports that he is 'delighted' to see Richards sign for Villa having been rewarded for his spell at Fiorentina.

"I’m delighted to see Micah Richards sign for Villa," said Cascarino. "He could have sat at Manchester City but he went to Fiorentina, came back and now he’s found himself back in the Premier League. Fair play to him, he has got his reward because not many players are willing to go and play abroad."

It's currently unclear whether Richards will spend most of his time at right back or centre back, but his athletic abilities mean he is a good fit for either role.

With speed and strength, Richards can get forward as a right back and challenge centre forwards if he plays in the heart of defence, and he will be keen to prove City wrong for leaving him out of their side.

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