Taking to his personal Twitter account, Stan Collymore has suggested he would take Shane Long at Aston Villa, whilst discussing the value of the lower leagues in English football.
Yes @TommymacTommy , again, would have him at Villa all day long.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 19, 2016
Long, 28, may be a favourite of Collymore, but there is almost no chance he would move to Villa any time soon.
He is currently first-choice attacker in a Southampton team who are recovering after a spell of poor form, and are aiming to push for European qualification.
This is exceptionally different from Villa’s current fate, with the Midlands team stuck in last place in the Premier League table. They have shown some improvements in recent weeks, but are still destined for relegation.
Collymore has made his feelings on Villa’s squad known before, bemoaning the lack of English players in his team, and suggesting the club should look in the lower leagues for talent rather than abroad.
Long is the epitome of this type of player, moving from Cork City to Reading as a teenage. He progressed through the Reading team by playing in the Premier League and Championship, moving on to West Brom, Hull and now Southampton.
He is a reliable player, and one who is guaranteed to bring performances to a good level every time he takes to the field, and that is the type of player Villa could do with right now.
However, he is far too good for a club in Villa’s predicament, and they should be looking at the Championship and lower echelons of the Football League for players of a similar ilk who can revive the struggling club.