Aston Villa currently occupy the final play-off spot in the Championship.
Aston Villa supporters on Twitter have provided mixed emotions following reports that trio Glenn Whelan, Mile Jedinak and Albert Adomah are free to leave the club in the summer.
According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (24/3; page 59, Villa will be looking to cut their wage bill by as much as £250,000-a-week, with the senior trio in the firing line to get the chop.
All three have featured for Steve Bruce and now Dean Smith this season, with defensive-midfielder Whelan featuring on a more regular basis in recent weeks.
Some Villa fans realised that it is time to cut the wage bill and shift their more experienced and older players. While others were keen on giving Whelan a new deal.
At the start of the campaign, Bruce used Jedinak as a centre-back, but that move backfired and he was subsequently sacked after 11 matches of the season. Since then, injuries and falling down the pecking order have resulted in the Australian hardly featuring under Smith.
On the other hand, Adomah has featured in a sporadic fashion, one week he is in the starting XI, the next he will find him on the bench. But many fans agree that his form has dropped in an alarming fashion from last season.
Here is a selection of Villa fans reaction to those transfer rumours:
Give Whelan a year extension— Josh X (@joshhavfc) March 24, 2019
BUNN— David Jones (@djone349) March 24, 2019
Get rid of them all and rebuild. They’re all either old, injury prone, lazy or utterly useless#avfc
I cannot wait to see Whelan go. I know everyone’s suddenly started to like him and he has played decent recently. BUT Dean Smith will be able to bring in someone with more legs that brings more goals and assists.— Alan Hutton Junior (@AlanHuttonJR) March 24, 2019
Surely he has just looked at the list of end of contract players and written the story? A three old could have written the story!!!!— [email protected] (@tytheevillan) March 25, 2019
I would hold on to whelan he’s still got the minerals , and good for squad rotation. Agree with the others— driveitpaddy (@driveitpaddy83) March 24, 2019
Surely Whelan deserves a 1 year contract….— Peter Brooke (@PeterBrooke17) March 24, 2019
Jedinak, Whelan, Elphick, Adomah, Hutton and Micah’s wages as all are out of contract, Tammys wages also..and the selling of Kodjia has to be way more than 13m in total?— Andy AV (@Andyav73) March 24, 2019
Last season, during Villa’s run to the play-off final, all three players were key to Bruce’s set-up. Adomah provided the work rate, creativity and defensive hard work out wide.
Jedinak and Whelan provided the protection for the defence, with the duo playing in that number 6 spot, with Bruce deciding on which one to pick to play alongside Conor Hourihane.