Aston Villa fans split on Twitter over Leandro Bacuna's new deal

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The versatile Dutchman has committed his future to the claret and blues until 2020.

Aston Villa utility man Leandro Bacuna is armed with a new five-year deal – and fans can’t seem to decide whether that’s a good thing or not.

Bacuna, who turns 24 tomorrow, first joined Villa from FC Groningen in June 2013 for a fee in the region of £1.5 million, having impressed on the wing for the Eredivisie outfit.

The former Netherlands Under-21 international went on to score five times in 38 games during his first season in England, when former manager Paul Lambert also began experimenting with him at right-back.

Nevertheless, despite finishing his debut campaign as the club’s second-highest scorer, the versatile Dutchman found himself out of favour over the first half of last term – making just seven Premier League cameos for a total of 184 minutes.

His lack of action left him considering his future at Villa Park the winter but his fortunes would soon change with the arrival of new boss Tim Sherwood, as the makeshift full-back took advantage of Alan Hutton’s suspension to seize a spot in the line-up and start 11 of the final 13 games of the season.

 2014-15 Premier League PositionTeamGoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Crosses MINSCrossing AccuracyTotal Tackles MINSTotal Clearances MINSAppearancesMins Played
Leandro Bacuna DF Aston Villa 0 5 17 79% 14.43 27% 39.24 54.5 19 981
Alan Hutton DF Aston Villa 1 0 23 77% 22.38 27% 49.33 23.7 30 2,417

Recording five assists over that period, as well as making big strides forward in his defensive work, Bacuna has since started the first two games of this season at the position, while Sherwood himself has suggested that his switch to the backline could become permanent.

Speaking ahead of last week’s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United, the Villa boss told AVTV: “He’s not really played right-back much until last season when I came in but I think he’s cut out for that position.

“I think he can play on the right side of midfield also but he’s learning [at right-back] as he goes and he’s willing to learn.

“He’s still a young man, developing in his game, and I’m sure he will improve there.”

It’s clear that Sherwood has faith in Bacuna after getting him to commit his future to Villa until 2020, but supporters on the other hand still seem split over his value to the squad.

Here’s a sampling of how the claret and blue faithful reacted on Twitter to news of his new contract...

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