De Laet's Aston Villa exit could have an unpopular impact on Tuanzebe

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Ritchie de Laet has left Aston Villa to sign for Australian A-League team Melbourne City.

Ritchie De Laet of Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

If you were to put money on any Aston Villa player moving to Australia this month, surely you would have bet a wad on Ross McCormack.

Instead, however, it is right-back Ritchie De Laet who is heading down under, joining Melbourne City, the club where McCormack shone during a short spell last season.

 

The 29-year-old will move to the A-League for the rest of the season, reuniting with his former youth team coach at Manchester United, Warren Joyce. But what does this mean for the Aston Villa side he has left behind?

Well, for one, it seems that Axel Tuanzebe is likely to be stuck at right-back for the foreseeable future.

New signing Axel Tuanzebe of Aston Villa poses for a picture at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on August 06, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

The 20-year-old returned to Villa Park for another loan spell from Manchester United in the summer and has started five Championship games on the right-hand side of Steve Bruce’s defence.

Villa fans took to Twitter this week to implore Bruce to give Tuanzebe a chance at centre-half, with De Laet potentially coming in to take his place at full-back. But it seems that the England U21 ace might still be needed on the right now the latter has gone.

Which means that, unless a free-agent centre-back arrives, Mile Jedinak could be stuck in the back four, too.

Axel Tuanzebe of United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

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