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Forgotten Villa Player Departs Amid Chance To Be Bjorn Again


After the arrivals of both Emi Buendia and Ashley Young at Aston Villa, it’s no great surprise to see that today’s main news has been the departure of Belgian centre-half Bjorn Engels.

The 26-year-old arrived at Villa Park back in the summer of 2019 for a reported £7.2million fee from Stade Reims and in a bright start to his career at the club, he quickly established himself in our backline, making 17 appearances in total, with two further substitute showings in his first season. He even opened his goalscoring account in the game against Tottenham Hotspur in February 2020.

Sadly for Engels, he fell out of favour after a poor performance and with injury also hitting him, he didn’t make a single appearance in the 2020/21 campaign, so added to the significant improvement shown by Kortney Hause, and in particular, Ezri Konsa, it’s no surprise to see him move to Royal Antwerp as he looks to get his career back on track.

A statement from the Official Site earlier this evening confirmed that the deal will go through over the weekend, subject to an upcoming medical.

There’s no talk of a speculated fee that I can see right now, but it’s very much a case of what might have been given the performances we did see from him at the beginning, but rightly, most fans are happy to wish him all the best for the future.

You’d very much expect another centre-half to be on our shopping list now.

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