Date: 13th June 2018 at 12:53pm
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Now I know I’m not always the sharpest tool in the box, but with recent mismanagement issues at Aston Villa, I’m really not sure whether to laugh or not?

The EFL have today confirmed the released and retained lists previously submitted by all member clubs.

The released list is pretty simple apart from a couple of youngsters that I’d assumed might get a little bit more time with us.

The list submitted confirms that the following have all now left the club as free agents:

Abdo Khalid
Agbonlahor Gabriel
Borg Oscar Francis
Finnerty James John
Hutton Alan
Idem Emmanuel Okokon
Johansson Viktor Tobias
Samba Veijeany Christopher
Terry John George
Watkins Bradley

Oscar Borg stands out to me as I thought he looked pretty good in recent Under 23 matches that were screened and we did expect big things from James Finnerty, but that’s not what has me overly confused.

Frenchman and now full international Jordan Amavi appears on our retained list and apparently remains under contract. So does Mark Bunn.

Fair enough these lists were compiled in May, so wouldn’t include potential transfers of Pierluigi Gollini and Carles Gil who have reportedly had loan options exercised, even though the deals aren’t 100% confirmed.

But Amavi left months ago and we’ve been paid for him – because we know we factored some of that fee with a bank for earlier access to the cash.

I really don’t know if I’m coming or going anymore. Clearly an error (you’d think), but just another on a growing list.


Adomah Albert
Amavi Jordan Kevin
Bazeley Isaiah Robert Graham
Bedeau Jacob Mitchell
Bjarnason Birkir
Blackett-Taylor Corey Josiah Paul
Bree James Patrick
Bunn Mark John
Chester James Grant
Clark Mitchell
Clarke Jack Aidan
Cox Jordan Raymond
Davis Keinan Vincent Joseph
De Laet Ritchie Ria Alfons
Doyle Hayes Jake Billy
Eissa Ahmed Elmohamady
Elphick Tommy
Gardner Gary
Gil de Pareja Vicent Carles
Gollini Pierluigi
Grealish Jack
Green Andre Jay
Hepburn-Murphy Rushian
Hogan Scott Andrew
Hourihane Conor
Jedinak Michael John
Knibbs Harvey
Kodjia Jonathan
Lansbury Henri George
Lyden Jordan
McCormack Ross
McKirdy Harry
Mooney Kelsey
O’Hare Callum
Odutayo Colin Ladipo
Pastorek Jozef
Prosser Alexander
Richards Micah
Sarkic Matjia
Steer Jed John
Suliman Easah Zaheer
Taylor Neil John
Tshibola Aaron
Vassilev Indiana Denchev
Whelan Glenn David


Birch Jack David
Birch Mason Lewis
Boucher Kieran David
Bridge Mungo Olayipo Oladapo
Brunt Lewis
Guy Ben
Hooper Anton Abeku
Ige Luke
McConnachie Charlie
Patterson Ethan James Alexander
Ramsey Jacob
Revan Dominic
Rowe Callum Miles
Sea Dimitri Disseka
Stretch Callum Blu
Tait Moran Michael
Walker Jake
Williams Joshua Arthur

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5 Replies to “Aston Villa Can’t Get Rid Of This Man As We Confirm Retained & Released List”

  • Its obviously once again poor journalism and you’ve played right into there hands

    • I’m not being deliberately chippy Stuart – welcome to the site. It came direct from the EFL meaning it was exactly what Aston Villa sent them.

      • Alan Hutton (via Brum Mail and instagram) has apparently said ‘not true’ to rumours of his club exit.

  • amavi has a contract as he should have! he was out on loan and OM paid his wages + amount x for his services this year! – and an mandatory option to buy him for 8-9 mil kicks in on july 1st!
    why mark bunn is still here no one knows!
    i think it’s now important to get rid of alot of players:
    gil (Price-?), golini (around 4 Mil), samba (0) , terry (0) , gabby (0), hutton (0), amavi (8-9) =already done
    – de laet (0,7), elmohamady (3), bjarnasson (3) Kodjia (12-15), whelan (1), richards (0), mccormack (3), Jedinak (2) this would mean we’d surely be down by 25% and more (much more) on the wage bill + around 38 mil on transfer fees (i don’t think that i’m to far off one the prices)

    my squad for the coming season:
    goal – steer & Bunn (as he didn’t got released 🙁 i would have brought someone in Rok Vodisek [would probably cost about half a mil] for Example)
    left fullback – taylor & +1 (we need someone else as i’m not shure if josh williams is already up for it! LOAN)
    right fullback – bree & Mitch Clark (i will never understand why bree didn’t got any chance till yet! now is the time and pair him up with mitch!)
    center back – chester, suliman, beadeau, elphick & +1 (suliman and bedeau should get their chance! bring someone in on loan!)
    mf – grealish, o’hare, gardner, lyden, hourihane, tshibola & +1 (Tshibola should be given a chance maybe we’d get at 50% of his fee back someday)
    wing – adomah, green & +2 (bring in luka adzic (1-2 mil) for Example and another guy on loan)
    striker – hogan, davis, hepburn-murphy (the boys are up for it we’d just need a manager who would think about selecting someone whos not on a big wage or 30+!)

    system 4-2-3-1

  • Shame to see Abdo and Borg released, 2 talented players what haven’t reached their potential.

    Also, is this the time to be releasing talented keepers? Steer first team lead and everyone else shuffled up one for me. No signing average keepers on high wages for experience (Pantilimon)

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