Why Leeds should offer Charles N'Zogbia the chance to rejuvenate his career this summer.
It will come as no surprise when Charles N'Zogbia is released by Aston Villa this summer, with his contract set to expire in June.
The Frenchman has barely featured this campaign, playing in just two Premier League matches, illustrating just how his star has waned since he signed from Wigan Athletic for £9 million in 2011.
Yet at 29-years-old, the player once signed by Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle United should have more to offer, and a point to prove.
This is why winger-needy Leeds United should offer N'Zogbia the opportunity to rejuvenate his career, and also prove a point to Villa in the Championship.
N'Zogbia on a free transfer would be a gamble worth taking for Leeds, providing the winger is willing to accept a drop in wages.
This is likely necessary wherever he goes, and Leeds can offer him a big stage, similar to those he has experienced previously at Villa and Newcastle.
Leeds have just one consistent winger in Stuart Dallas, and while Jordan Botaka has shown promise in cameo appearances over the last few games, this is not enough to rely on, while Mustapha Carayol's inconsistent form makes it questionable whether they wish to buy him permanently when his loan deal ends.
A former France international with two caps, N'Zogbia's poor season means a Premier League move is unlikely, and promotion chasing Leeds will be able to offer a fresh start - and matches against Villa twice a season.