Date: 4th December 2018 at 9:00pm
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Dean Smith addressed the rumours surrounding Albert Adomah and says he “has no thoughts in January” of selling the Aston Villa player. Adomah had been linked with a return to Middlesbrough in January, with Tony Pulis having been interested in his signature over the summer, but Smith has no desire to sell the 30-year-old in the winter transfer window.

He said to Birmingham Live: “I have no thoughts for Albert in January. He is an Aston Villa player and I am enjoying working with him. He is one of the nicest fellows I have worked with and he showed some quality last Sunday against Birmingham City before being unfortunately brought down. He has been a great lad since I have been here and put in consistent performances.”

Adomah is currently sidelined with an ankle injury but is expected to return in time to face West Bromwich Albion on Friday, December 7. The winger has made 100 appearances in all competitions since his 2016-move from Boro, but his future at Villa Park has been in doubt.

The Ghanaian international may struggle to hold down a starting place when he returns due to the form of Jonathan Kodjia and Yannick Bolasie. Anwar El Ghazi has done well when called upon recently too.

Adomah hasn’t enjoyed the best form this season, making just two assists in 15 Championship appearances, but he’s still a useful squad player and a positive influence in the dressing room.

Smith is blessed with a lot of attacking options in the squad, which should bode well for Villa’s chance of promotion.

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