Another transfer window has passed and against all odds, Libor Kozak remains an Aston Villa player.
The 27-year-old Czech has been stuck in the under-21s this season, making only two first team appearances as a substitute with the last being back in August.
Aston Villa's Libor Kozak
He faces a few months longer on the sidelines before his contract runs out in June, meaning Villa for now are stuck with him.
Club owner Tony Xia was quizzed about the forgotten man's situation on Twitter, and hit out at previous Villa regimes for signing Kozak - and players like him - on expensive and long contracts.
He infers that Kozak's wages makes it difficult for the club to offload him, and expenses like this serve to contribute to make to rebuilding process at the club harder.
Many cases like this4the last years. Cost 10M buy a player&pay millions wage and leave4nothing.1of the reasons y take times to change. https://t.co/hl3eRYG288— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) February 2, 2017
Actually I asked to try our best2find clubs to let him get chances2play even with us cover wages. Didn't succeed this window again anyway. https://t.co/kL47aPOsu5— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) February 2, 2017
Aston Villa's Libor Kozak in action with Derby's Will Hughes
Despite the constraints, Villa have been busy in the transfer market in the last month, spending more than any club in the Championship.
Sitting currently in 14th place in the division, Villa's rebuilding has not started to make an impact yet, but in Steve Bruce, the club have a manager they should trust to eventually get it right.
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