Date: 30th August 2018 at 12:26pm
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It’s been claimed that French Under 20 international centre-half Harold Moukoudi arrived at Bodymoor Heath earlier this morning for talks and a medical.

Sky Sports made the claim in one of their ‘understands’ pieces, but when speculation reaches this level there tends to be something in it.

We have been linked with the Le Harve youngster for the past few days and it’s said we have beaten off competition from Middlesbrough and Celtic for his potential services.

The deal would obviously be a loan to buy arrangement but I dismissed this one when I came over it earlier as I fail to see why we’d rely on such an inexperienced youngster given Tommy Elphick is so unfavoured.

I wouldn’t have thought with ongoing Financial Fair Play issues we’d yet be committing a speculated £7-8million fee on a player who will take time to settle and would have to be considered one of the future when our immediate need is now.

Wait and see.


8 Replies to “French Defender At Bodymoor Ahead Of Deal Agreement With Villa”

  • Is he a left sided central defender does anyone know? All our other central defenders are really right sided. That’s why JT gave us such good balance last season

  • As a Le Havre season ticket holder – and lifelong Villa fan – I have seen Moukoudi play on a regular basis since he started to play for the first team. He is a commanding and very composed defender for his age. Could make an immediate impact IMHO. I for one am delighted if he joins!

    • Really? And there I was thinking no one on here would have a clue about him. Sounds like a good pick up then

  • I know nothing of the bloke other than what I could read on a quick search, so maybe made too many assumptions. I just thought Jores Okore again with written hype based on the little I could find.

    Sounds slightly more promising delirium, cheers!

  • Indeed, it might take some time before he settles in a new country, with new teammates, and in a new league etc, but Harold is very mature for his young age and it took him no time to settle into the first team in Le Havre. I don’t see why he couldn’t do the same in the Championship.

  • Also, Krfeskivilla, I have seen him play indifferently as a right-sided or left-sided central defender even though he is right-footed.

  • Don’t read too much into it, but as further proof of Moukoudi’s professionalism, the bloke is back in Le Havre and has been seen training on his own to be ready for tomorrow’s game.

  • If Moukoudi’s potential comes through, then that will solve one big issue in terms of Chester’s need for a new reliable defensive partner, However, his signing will also raise a few further issues, including how we handle the surplus.

    There is a significant portion of the squad that Bruce simply doesn’t fancy or he has fallen out with or he feels is too inexperienced for first team action. Nevertheless, his player ensemble continues to ever bloat with no players sales occurring. I hope someone at the club has then sense take stock and initiate a clear out come January because it sure doesn’t look as though the manager is so inclined. In fact, I think he is happy to continue to play financially dumb.

    Apart from the wage bill, which the new owners may consider a trifling affair, there must be a fair group of players feeling well out in the cold. Is this a healthy situation to be in over the whole season? Will team morale remain high, particularly if we have a poor run of results?

    Arguably, Steer, Bunn, De Laet, Richards, Elphick, Lydon, Gardner, Tshibole, Lansbury and McCormack have no future with Villa. Possibly, Taylor, Bree, Hourihane, Adomah and Hogan might be having a few doubts too. That’s fifteen senior players. Then we have the youngsters, probably with lower aspirations, but who still look some way off figuring with any regularity.

    Will Bruce keep them all buoyant? It’s hard to believe he can.

    With at least eight in the final year of their current deals, which includes some not mentioned above, a proper sort is begging to be done, but unless someone pushes the manager, I cannot see much happening. Frankly, if we are to believe SB doesn’t do much personal ‘hands on’ coaching, then is his role just limited to motivational work? What about some proper squad management eh?

    If Bruce can pull off promotion, I will doff my cap to him. However, I will continue to remain wholly unconvinced he is the right man to lead the team forwards over the medium term.

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