Garth Crooks blasts 'lamentable' Leandro Bacuna, jokes about him signing for Real Madrid

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Garth Crooks has slammed Aston Villa utility man Leandro Bacuna.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna is dreaming if he thinks he can play in the Champions League next season.

Villa again slumped to a dismal defeat on Saturday afternoon, as Southampton strolled to a 4-2 victory at Villa Park without really having to break sweat.

One of the more comical moments of the match saw Dutchman Bacuna hand Shane Long the ball when clean through on goal, and he set up Dusan Tadic to make it 2-0 to Southampton in the first half.

Bacuna, 24, was a 2013 arrival from Groningen in his native Netherlands, and he has proven to be a versatile player during his time at Villa Park, playing at right back, right midfield and central midfield.

Unfortunately, his performances have deteriorated over the course of the season, and he now looks as much of a liability as many other Villa players – but he clearly sees his future at a much higher level.

Bacuna said last month, as quoted by Sky Sports, that he wants to make the next step up from Villa, with Champions League teams like Ajax and PSV Eindhoven in his sights.

After his 'lamentable performance' against Southampton, Bacuna was slammed by pundit Garth Crooks, who told BBC Sport that he can't believe Bacuna thinks he is good enough for the Champions League, and joked about him signing for giants like Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.

Crooks joked that maybe Villa could package up Bacuna, Jores Okore and Gabriel Agbonlahor into a deal to get them all out of the club, suggesting that Bacuna's Champions League comments were 'delusions of grandeur'.

"What has proved even more interesting than Bacuna's lamentable performance against the Saints was the player insisting that he wants to play Champions League football next season," said Crooks. "The question I would like to pose is, with whom? Real Madrid or Bayern Munich?"

"Getting his agent to ring either club is a mere phone call but such delusions of grandeur will require far more imagination. Perhaps the agent could add Okore and Agbonlahor as part of the arrangement in order to sweeten the deal?" he added.

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