Ray Wilkins comments on Aston Villa's Amavi blow, suggests surprise replacement

Ray Wilkins believes Joleon Lescott could fill in at left-back for Aston Villa.

Aston Villa need to find a solution at left-back with Jordan Amavi picking up an injury which has ruled him out for the season.

Amavi suffered a serious knee injury while playing for France's under-21 side, posing a tough dilemma for new boss Remi Garde.

The left-back had been a key player for Villa early on in the season, one of the few to emerge with any credit after a tough start to the season which has left them bottom of the league.

One summer signing who has not had such positive reviews is former Premier League title winning defender Joleon Lescott, who is yet to feature on the victorious side as a Villa player.

Former midfielder turned coach, and pundit Ray Wilkins believes Lescott may have a part to play in replacing Amavi.

He told SkySports Morning View, broadcast on Tuesday 17, that Amavi's injury is a tough blow for Villa to take.

He said: "It is massive loss, he has tremendous potential, and is very very quick down the left hand side.

"Depending on how they are going to play, they could put Joleon Lescott there, and then Ciaran Clark alongside him, or they could put Kieran Richardson there."

Playing Lescott at left-back could only really be a stop gap solution, for he is not the sort of player who can maraud forward and offer a good attacking outlet like Amavi could.

Villa face Everton this weekend, a match which sees Lescott return to his former club looking for a surprise result.

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