Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Aly Cissokho's departure

The French left-back has joined Portuguese outfit FC Porto on a season-long loan.

While Aly Cissokho’s Aston Villa career isn’t officially over, it’s fair to suggest that fans may well have seen the last of him in a claret and blue shirt.

On Wednesday, the club confirmed that the 27-year-old left-back had re-joined former side Porto on a season-long loan, having been facing the prospect of little first-team football in the Midlands this term.

Cissokho joined Villa from Valencia last August for a free believed to be around £2 million and would go on to start all but one Premier League game under the since-departed Paul Lambert over the first half of 2014-15 campaign.

However, the Frenchman suffered a groin strain as a substitute in Tim Sherwood’s first game in charge against Stoke City in late February and, despite making his injury comeback with the Under-21s eight weeks later, failed to earn another senior appearance for the rest of the term, as Kieran Richardson, Matthew Lowton, Alan Hutton and even Charles N’Zogbia all saw minutes on the left-hand side of defence.

 2014-15 Premier League GoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Crosses GAMETotal Tackles GAMETotal Clearances GAMETotal Dribbles GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Aly Cissokho 0 0 8 75% 3.8 1.88 3.96 1.4 25 2,131

With Sherwood since bringing in Jordan Amavi from Nice for around £10 million, as well as the versatile Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba, the ex-Liverpool loanee’s exit comes as little surprise but, at the same time, Villa fans appear somewhat split over whether it was the right move for the club.

While he didn’t manage to dazzle when in the line-up last season, he was far from awful either, and a fair few of the club’s Twitter-based supporters seem to think that it might have been wiser to keep him around as cover.

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