The French left-back has joined Portuguese outfit FC Porto on a season-long loan.
Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 5, 2015
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.
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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.
Just going to put it out there, I don't think Cissokho was THAT bad, significantly better than the left-backs just before him #avfc— Rob Milne (@Robathon_) August 5, 2015
Aly Cissokho wasn't the best LB I've seen at the villa but he wasn't the worst, Was 10x better at defending than Warnock to name one #avfc— Kyle Newbyyy (@kylenewby14) August 5, 2015
I'm not sure if people will agree but I thought Cissokho was decent back up for Amavi - I know Kinsella can play there... Thoughts? #AVFC— AVFC Supporters (@AVFC_supporters) August 5, 2015
I didn't think Cissokho was a bad player. Would have been good cover #avfc— Krishan Chauhan (@22kchauhan) August 5, 2015
Cissokho to Porto is an interesting one, good opportunity to gain experience at a high European level, could come back a new player #AVFC— Reece (@ReeceTheVillain) August 5, 2015
No doubt I'm in a small minority but would have preferred Cissokho to have stayed with us. He would have been a decent squad player #avfc— Jacko (@Jacko__10) August 5, 2015
So glad Cissokho has gone. One of the worst LB's we've had. Hopefully his loan will turn permanent! #AVFC— Chris Driver (@ChrisDriver) August 5, 2015
Here's to good times in Portugal for Cissokho. Inevitable #AVFC departure post-Amavi but I hope he finds his feet, form and fitness.— Aston Villa Review (@VillaReview) August 5, 2015
Would've been nice to have Cissokho shadowing Amavi rather than Richardson/Bennett. Oh well, only a loan so could still have a future here.— Iså (@issassin) August 5, 2015
Meh Cissokho was better than Bennett and Luna. Best if luck in Porto.— Dale Connolly (@DaleAConnolly) August 5, 2015