Why Aston Villa must sell Philippe Senderos in January

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The Aston Villa defender has not featured all season and must be sold rather than allowed to see out his contract on the side-lines.

Aston Villa’s latest Premier League campaign has not got off to the best start, with Tim Sherwood’s side currently 18th in the Premier League after collecting just four points from their first eight matches.

The latest international break will allow Sherwood to reassess and plan for an upturn in form and fortune when domestic football returns, but the pause also allows us to debate who could leave the club when the January transfer window opens in a little under three months.

The most likely player to be sold at the turn of the year is surely defender Philippe Senderos, after the Swiss international was omitted from Villa’s 25-man league squad at the start of the campaign.

At 30, and with less than a year left on his current contract, it seems Senderos will have to move on if he has any intention of playing first-team football this season and Sherwood would be wise to cash in while he can.

Villa will not get much for the player but his experience means they should get something, and if he stays fit Senderos will be a fine addition to many Championship clubs and perhaps even some in the top flight.

There are likely to be a few departures in early 2016 at Villa Park but surely Senderos will be heading that particular list.

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