Report: Aston Villa frustrated with Grimsby's treatment of Suliman

Villa boss Steve Bruce reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Aston Villa loaned Bodymoor Heath graduate Easah Suliman to Grimsby Town in January but he has played just one League Two game.

Easah Suliman of England celebrates scoring a goal during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final between England and Portugal on July 15, 2017 in Gori, Georgia.

Grimsby Town have won just one of their last 22 games and, with just three matches left in the League Two season, are five points above the League Two relegation zone.

But despite, or perhaps because of, their dreadful run of form, Aston Villa loanee Easah Suliman still has not been given the chance to prove himself on a consistent basis.

Villa boss Steve Bruce reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

A relegation dogfight may not be the time to throw an unproven 20-year-old into the thick of the action. But you would think Suliman, who was a key figure as England won the U19 European Championships last summer, would be better than the other options at Grimsby’s disposal right now.

Suliman, however, has made just one appearance since he joined the fourth tier strugglers in January, playing 53 minutes of a 1-1 home draw with Port Vale last month.

And, perhaps understandably, the Birmingham Mail report that Villa are very unhappy with Suliman’s lack of opportunities at Blundell Park.

Easah Suliman of England U20's during the international match between England U20's and Netherlands U20's at the New Bucks Head Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Telford, England.

The report claims that Villa were furious that highly-rated goalkeeper Matija Sarkic did not get a look in while on loan at Wigan Athletic in the first half of the season but are arguably even more frustrated with Suliman’s ongoing omission at Grimsby.

The defender remains highly-rated at Villa Park but, with just one year left on his contract, faces an uncertain future and a decision will have to be made over the summer.

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