Aston Villa's summer exodus: Predicting who goes and who stays

Aston Villa fans hold up a banner directed at Joleon Lescott

Villa are ready for a major squad clearout this summer as they prepare for life in the Championship.

Aston Villa's Brad Guzan, Ciaran Clark and teammates look dejected after Watford's third goal

Brad Guzan – Could be a decent option in the Championship if he can recapture some of his past form but it wouldn’t be hard for the new manager to find an upgrade either. GOING.

Mark Bunn – Not a top-flight starter but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he was Villa’s No. 1 next season. A solid Championship backup at worst. STAYING.

Jed Steer – Still just 23 and coming off an encouraging loan spell with Huddersfield Town. There’s a decent argument to make that he’s a better option than both Guzan and Bunn. STAYING.

Alan Hutton – While not a world-beater, his graft and experience could be a real asset in the second tier. STAYING.

Micah Richards – A mid-table Premier League club will come in with a decent bid for him, and Villa should snap their hands off. GOING.

Joleon Lescott – Hard to imagine who’ll want to sign him but it’s harder to see how he can repair his relationship with the fanbase. GOING.

Ciaran Clark – The leading contender to captain the club next season assuming both Richards and Lescott leave, he should thrive in the Championship. STAYING.

Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston Villa

Jores Okore – Already hinted that he may look to leave back in February before ending the season training with the Under-21s following a falling-out with caretaker boss Eric Black. With just 12 months left on his deal, all signs point towards him moving on. GOING.

Jordan Amavi – His knee injury may put off some potential buyers but it’ll still be mightily hard for Villa to keep hold of him given his obvious talent. GOING.

Aly Cissokho – Reportedly already has suitors in Turkey. There’s no reason why Villa should stop him going. GOING.

Nathan Baker – Finally enjoyed an injury-free season on loan at Bristol City. He may not be a regular next season but his performances for the Robins suggest he should be given a chance to re-establish himself in the first-team squad. STAYING.

Joe Bennett – Didn’t get much playing time during his stay with Sheffield Wednesday but might be worth keeping around if both Cissokho and Amavi leave. STAYING.

Jose Angel Crespo – Only spent six months at Villa before joining Rayo Vallecano on loan for the rest of the campaign. A strange signing to start with, it’s hard to see him having much of a future in B6. GOING.

Leandro Bacuna – Given a new five-year deal last August after enjoying an impressive end to the 2014-15 season but has since gone backwards in spectacular fashion. His derided comments in March about wanting to test himself in the Champions League seemed to mark the beginning of the end of his claret and blue career. GOING.

Kieran Richardson – Out of contract and almost certain to be off. GOING.

Kevin Toner – Reportedly set to earn a bumper new deal after pushing his way into the first-team setup during the run-in. STAYING.

Carlos Sanchez – Hasn’t been able to adjust to the pace of English football during his two seasons at Villa and doesn’t have much now he's on the wrong side of 30. Expect him to head back abroad this summer. GOING.

Ashley Westwood – Gets plenty of flak from supporters for his lack of production but always gives 100 percent and makes few glaring errors. He should silence some of his critics in the Championship next season. STAYING.

Ashley Westwood celebrates scoring the second goal for Aston Villa

Idrissa Gana – Wasn’t as impressive during his first season in England as the statistics would suggest but will still attract some notable suitors. His agent even revealed last month that he has options in both the Premier League and Bundesliga. GOING.

Jordan Veretout – Has done little since his arrival from Nantes last summer but is still just 23 and maintains a decent reputation around Europe thanks to his prior success in Ligue 1. Would be a surprise to see him back next season. GOING.

Jordan Lyden – Obviously not going anywhere. One of several youngsters who should have a big future at the club if he can keep off the treatment table. STAYING.

Gary Gardner – Showed he’s more than capable of handling the Championship while on loan at Nottingham Forest over the last two seasons. No reason to think he couldn’t be a first-choice starter in the Villa side next term. STAYING.

Jack Grealish – After a lost season, next term offers him the chance to start afresh under a new regime and prove that he’s not just a flash in the pan. STAYING.

Carles Gil – Has bags of creativity but inconsistency and struggles with the physicality of English football continue to hold him back. Would be disappointing to see him go but a return to Spain might just be the best thing for all involved. GOING.

Adama Traore – Clearly a talented player but also frustratingly inconsistent and reportedly set for a steep wage rise. You’d want to keep him in an ideal world given his clear potential but that might not be feasible. GOING.

Charles N’Zogbia – Has been happy to see out the last six months of his five-year deal training with the Under-21s rather than fighting for his future. Will go down as one of Villa’s worst-ever signings. GOING.

Scott Sinclair – Has previously enjoyed a 19-goal season in the Championship with Swansea City. A return to that level might just help him get back on track. STAYING.

Jordan Ayew – One of Villa’s few bright spots this past season, the Ghanaian striker showed more than enough to earn a move back to the Premier League. GOING.

Gabby Agbonlahor – Virtually impossible to see any way back for him at Villa after the way he ended the season. Has been dining off past exploits for too long and needs to be shipped out. GOING.

Rudy Gestede – Thrived in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers before joining Villa last summer and had some good moments here and there this past season. If he gets better service next term, he could be the man to fire the club back to the top-flight. STAYING.

Libor Kozak – Deserves credit for how he’s battled back from a career-threatening leg break but just hasn’t been able to re-establish himself in the side. Still has another season left on his contract but could do with a fresh start elsewhere. GOING.

Callum Robinson – Struggled for playing time on loan at Bristol City before his spell was eventually cut short in December and didn’t make the desired impact with Preston North End over the second half of the campaign. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to give him another season to see if something clicks. STAYING.

Callum Robinson of Preston North End celebrates after the game

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