Did the Aston Villa defender deserve a place in the first-team squad this season or is it too soon?
Aston Villa signed a whole host of players this summer and it is fair to say that policy has not paid dividends thus far.
The man in charge of that overhaul – Tim Sherwood – has since left and Villa are searching for a new permanent boss while they attempt to climb off the bottom of the Premier League table.
With just four points from a possible 33 to date things are not looking good, and while it is no one player’s fault, the purchase of Joleon Lescott is one that raised plenty of eyebrows.
Villa needed defensive reinforcements this summer but they had them in place – the likes of Jordan Amavi and Micah Richards – long before Lescott signed from West Bromwich Albion. And when you consider Ciaran Clark’s lack of recent game-time, one wonders why Villa’s best defender last season has been replaced by a player clearly no better.
Clark was back in Villa’s starting line-up against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday and while he could not prevent them from losing 3-1, it is hopefully a sign of things to come because he is far too good to be on the bench week in, week out.
Jores Okore’s injury means defensive back-up was a necessity, but would Villa have not been better off avoiding Lescott and instead giving 22-year-old Janoi Donacien a place in the squad.
While the defender is currently out on loan getting more experience he could have been a viable option in the cup competitions and on the bench, but instead he is yet to get his chance…something that will no doubt change in time.
Donacien signed for Villa in 2013 and while he is yet to make his first-team debut he has enjoyed successful loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers and Newport County.