Aston Villa demonstrated that we were now really thinking of the future during the January transfer window, as opposed to permanently scuttling around in the now with our fingers crossed, as we completed the capture of versatile Frederic Guilbert from Caen.
The 25-year-old defender was instantly loaned back to the French club for their Ligue 1 battle against relegation as it’s the only way they’d do the deal, and they continue to struggle. Guilbert’s game time remains good with 29 appearances so far this season, but having returned to the starting line up after he missed their last game with a suspension, Caen fell to a fourth successive defeat and were roundly hammered by Saint Etienne 5-0.
They are now cut adrift at the bottom of the table, by nine clear points with only nine matches remaining.
It’s clearly a losing battle but Guilbert sounds like he’s taking it personally, and I’m beginning to really warm to that attitude. No idea what he’s like as a player mind you.
“I have only one idea in mind, it is to leave the club in Ligue 1. I arrived in Ligue 1, I want to start again in Ligue 1. It’s the club of my region, I was formed here. It’s been three years now that I live this. It’s hard. I think we are in a slightly more complex situation than in previous years. We will have to fight, for our honour, for our pride, for the name we have on our backs. We will have to raise our heads and save this institution.”
Guilbert was speaking last month, so I dread to think what he’ll say in his next interview.