The former Aston Villa defender claimed that he was harshly treated in England – but would they take him back now?
For many, the abiding memory of Jores Okore’s three year spell at Aston Villa will be his pitiful own goal in a 3-1 EFL Cup defeat by fourth tier Luton Town at the start of the season (above). While the likes of Jolean Lescott and Gabby Agbonlahor were painted as the epitome of this broken Villa, the Danish centre-back has rather got away lightly.
After refusing to sit on the bench for the visit of Bournemouth late last season, caretaker boss Eric Black stated that Okore had asked not to be taken into consideration for any of the club’s remaining fixtures, the BBC reported.
Therefore, his return to Denmark with Copenhagen in August would have been met with a hearty chorus of ‘good riddance’ from Villa supporters. Though, as the defender himself tells the Ekstra Bladet, the club made a mistake letting him go.
“I got a big blow when I was sent down to the U21 team. I found it hard to understand because I felt I had much to give to the team,” Okore, who has one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals, said.
“I could make a difference when we played. The results were better when I played. But suddenly though the coaches were just no longer on me. It came as a big surprise.
“I am happily moved on now. The time at Aston Villa, I have put behind me.”
While many Villa supporters will take issue with Okore claiming he was surprised at being demoted to the reserves after throwing a tantrum every five year old would be proud of, should the club have given him another opportunity?
The fact that Villa are seriously considering whether or not to offer 32-year-old Christopher Samba a contract suggests that Steve Bruce is desperately on the lookout for a defender with Tommy Elphick in particular failing to convince since his summer move.
Okore has demonstrated at Copenhagen that he is a far better defender than the one who struggled at Villa – and he’d surely have been more useful to the squad than a washed-up former Blackburn and QPR centre-back who has played five league games in two seasons.