Aly Cissokho explains why Tim Sherwood loaned him out from Aston Villa

Aston Villa left-back Cissokho is currently on loan at FC Porto.

Cissokho left Villa over the summer to join Porto on a loan deal, and the Frenchman has told L’Equipe why Tim Sherwood wanted him to leave Villa Park on a loan for the season.

Cissokho said: “The coach, Tim Sherwood, said he was looking for a more offensive profile than mine, and that if I had the opportunity to find a loan, then the club wouldn't keep me.”

Cissokho first joined Villa in the summer of 2014, playing 27 games that season, but falling out of favour under Sherwood when the head coach was appointed.

It was clear that Sherwood favoured other players, and Cissokho has admitted that he was told by the head coach that he was looking for a different type of player to fit the left-back position.

Cissokho eventually found a club that wanted to sign him, joining Portuguese giants Porto for the season, but he has only played three games this term - two in the league and one in the Taca de Portugal.

In his place at Villa, Sherwood went out an bought Jordan Amavi over the summer, a player who has so far excelled, and been Villa’s only particularly good player of the season.

He fits the profile of a more offensive player than Cissokho, and Amavi has shown his ability to play both as a left-back and an attacking wing-back.

Sherwood has now left Villa, and if Cissokho is to have any chance of returning to the Midlands side, he will need to hope that new boss Remi Garde prefers his talents over those of the impressive Amavi.

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