Former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino has told The Sun that the club have shown they are 'a mess' amid reports surrounding Adama Traore's contract situation.
Villa remain bottom of the Premier League table having lost 3-1 away at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night, with interim boss Kevin MacDonald unable to fare better than his predecessor Tim Sherwood.
Frenchman Remi Garde has been appointed as the club's new manager, and he arrives with the club rooted to the bottom of the table, having recorded just one win so far this season.
The club appears to be in turmoil on and off the field, and a report from The Telegraph last week illustrated just how much trouble Villa are in.
They stated that summer signing Adama Traore, who arrived from Barcelona, is in line to become the club's highest earner on £75,000-a-week once he reaches a certain amount of appearances.
Many fans have been left stunned by the report, considering that Traore is a 19-year-old rookie with little first-team experience behind him - and Tony Cascarino shares that view.
Speaking to The Sun, Cascarino - a former Aston Villa striker himself - stated that the situation with Traore's contract is 'ludicrous', and that Villa have proven they are 'a mess' having sanctioned such a deal for a 19-year-old prospect.
"When a club is run badly from the top, that neglect quickly spirals all the way down to the team," said Cascarino. "The case of Adama Traore illustrates why Villa are in such a mess. He’s an unproven 19-year-old kid, yet if he plays a few more matches for Villa his salary will almost double to over €100,000-a-week and he’ll become the top earner at the club."
"Traore isn’t even a first-team regular so it’s ludicrous that they saw fit to give him such lucrative contract. It’s a classic case of a player’s agent strong-arming a desperate club. But I don’t blame Traore or his agent for getting the best deal they possibly could when he came from Barcelona. I blame Aston Villa for being crazy enough to agree to it. There’s no way a club owner worth his salt would have signed off on a deal like that."
"Traore’s a promising talent but making him the top earner is only going to alienate him from his team-mates and cause friction. It probably does Traore himself no favours either because he should’ve been coming to a club like Villa to really launch his career. Now he’s burdened with pressure he could do without," he added.