Aston Villa signed Fred Guilbert during the January transfer window and loaned him back to SM Caen.

Fred Guilbert hasn’t kicked a ball yet for Aston Villa and when he does it might just be in the Premier League. After beating West Brom on penalties on Tuesday night, Dean Smith’s side are now one game away from England’s top-flight. 

It was a nervy game for both sets of supporters, with Villa dominating possession and Albion defending with all their heart throughout the 120 minutes. 

But the Midlands derby was won on penalties and striker Tammy Abraham scored the key penalty of the match to send his team through to a Wembley final. 

Right-back, Guilbert, who signed for Villa in January but was loaned straight back to Ligue 1 side Caen, reacted to that moment as you can see below on a Villa Twitter fan page. 

It has been a whirlwind of a season for Aston Villa. Last May, they lost the play-off final to Fulham and then they were on the brink of capitulating financially. 

New investment ensured that they were saved from a near-meltdown, but 11 games into the new Championship season, Steve Bruce was sacked as manager and replaced by Dean Smith. 

After a bright start, Villa started to lose their way under the former Brentford man, but the return of star man Jack Grealish from a three-month lay-off in March changed their season. 

Villa went on a 10-game winning run and secured a top-six spot before beating West Brom over two-legs and they will now meet either Leeds United or Derby County at Wembley. 

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