With plenty of Aston Villa fans debating the relative merits of Ahmed Elmohamady and whether or not it’s time for us to see what Fred Guilbert can do, head coach Dean Smith gave his answer earlier today as the Official Site confirmed that the 31-year-old had now signed a new 12 month extension.
Having joined from Hull City back in the summer of 2017, the Egyptian international has now made 75 starting appearances for us, and more than played his part in the fabulous run of victories we had in the second half of last season as we secured promotion back to the top flight via the Play-Off spots.
We are delighted to announce that @Elmo_27 has signed a one-year contract extension with the club. ✍️
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 22, 2019
With his contract going into his final 12 months, he is now contracted up until the summer of 2021.
Reflecting on his time with us so far as he penned his new deal, Elmo said.
“I am absolutely delighted to extend my contract. Playing for Aston Villa is unbelievable. It’s a great club and the fans are unbelievable. I am looking forward to continuing my stay here. The Championship is the most difficult league in the world to get out of. But we had a successful year. We want another now. It’s been a difficult start. I think we played really well in the last two games. But sometimes we are unlucky with some mistakes. But if we continue playing well the luck will come.”
Reaction was predictably mixed, but given Elmo’s overall attitude at the club, from a continuity point of view, he’s a good lad (with experience) to have around the dressing room even if game time does become a question when Guilbert gets his chance.
I think most tend to appreciate that, as we continue to adjust and our newbies settle in.
He only cost us a million ????
— avfcjames18 (@James74636443) August 22, 2019
Well I’m sorry if I upset some of you Football purists and Villa snobs, but I think this is a good bit of business. Yes he occasionally frustrates, but he’s also pretty consistent, gets a fair few assists and works hard. He’s a good full back for where we are now. #avfc
— Leighton James, 2nd Duke of Aston. (@L8tonJames) August 22, 2019
Deserves it. Well done Elmo ????????
— monty (@lmAVFC) August 22, 2019
Well deserved ????????
— MB (@MattyAVFC_) August 22, 2019
Thoroughly deserved. Well done Elmo.
— Gary Swain (@gazswain) August 22, 2019
Great news! Well deserved, well done Elmo ????????
— Sam ???? (@SamBanananana) August 22, 2019