A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa over the last 48 hours.
But there is hope yet, after the Daily Mail also claimed that Daniel Levy has gone on a charm offensive to convince the forward that Aston Villa are ‘going places’ as a club.
Meanwhile, Tim Sherwood has addressed the lack of English incomings at Villa Park this summer, citing their price as the main factor.
Sherwood handed debuts to four Ligue 1 recruits on Saturday and feels that value for money lies abroad in the current market.
"A lot of the French boys ticked the box. The English players were far too expensive. That is not to say we are not looking for English players - we are looking for anything that will improve us,” said the Villa boss, in quotes published by the Daily Star.
“(His saves were) really, really crucial. He deserved the fact that we kept it quiet in the second period because he really did do well in the first period."
The American stopper endured a difficult end to last season but has seemingly fought through the sticky patch and is now firmly established as the club's first choice between the sticks.
Speaking on Saturday’s MOTD programme, Shearer said (On Gestede):
"They’ve got someone in the box who gives them a presence. He’ll get better when he gets fitter. He’ll be a threat."
And on Richards: "I was impressed with him today. It was a big call making him captain. He was very composed, particularly second half, he read the game very well. He’s big strong and he’s quick. He’ll bring a lot to Aston Villa."