Date: 25th January 2018 at 1:15pm
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Errmmm. Ok then.

Some of the excited reactions after Tony Xia confirmed the loan signing are a bit strange.

We`re basically a feeder club at the moment then? And we are meant to be excited? The FFP rules make a mockery out of football.

Hey ho. So… what have we got then?

Wiki say: Axel Tuanzebe (born 14 November 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Manchester United. He has represented England at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels

So certainly a hot prospect.

Does that excite? For me, not really, because don`t we have our own hot prospect defenders of a similar age?

IF this had an option to buy, then yes, great.

He has featured five times for the senior team which shows he is obviously held in high regard at Old Trafford. But how does a loan to us progress him? We need cover if James Chester or John Terry get injured, IF Elphick is leaving that leaves a space because Chris Samba is currently injured and the latter part of his career has been littered with such injuries (hence I didn`t understand him being signed at all!)

Again on Wiki On 29 January 2017, Tuanzebe made his Manchester United debut as a 68th-minute substitute. On 7 May 2017, Tuanzebe started a senior match for the first time, in a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League. He won the Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year award in May 2017. 2017-18 season Tuanzebe made his first start of the season against Swansea City in the EFL Cup on 24 October 2017. On 5 December 2017, he made his European debut in a 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.

He is contracted at Manchester United until 2020 and they have a further one year option on him, so this loan looks to be one to get him more first team football, as opposed to trying to offload him.

A quote I read in the Birmingham Mail from Jose Mourinho earlier this month: “Axel Tuanzebe plays in a position where I have so many players, today on the bench I had Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof, and Eric Bailly is still in recovery, so I’m not giving the chances to Axel.

“So probably Axel is the only one that I open the door for him to go and play because I believe he is a really good talent and he needs to play.”

But unless the first two choices get injured, where does Axel fit in? Now Steve Bruce has obvious links and contacts at Manchester United. Could this young player be being looked at as a holding midfielder? With Jedinak and Whelan picking up a lot of injuries, maybe this is where Axel could slot in?

I would say I look forward to seeing him in action, but … and sorry, I`m not trying to be negative … I really don`t. Aston Villa, a feeder club for Manchester United and Spurs. It depresses me. I UNDERSTAND those are the rules, we are allowed to do it, the FFP blocks purchases (although Man City seemed able to get around it!) but I also look at our academy and wonder what this sort of thing does for the moral of those running it and for the young players trying to break through.

I speak on this from a position of ignorance, Bruce and the youth set up know what is what (one would hope!) but I thought Easah Suliman was a hot prospect? Why not have him as cover instead of loaning him out? It could be that he is a hot prospect and just isn`t ready.

Mat K of the Birmingham Mail at least has some positive quotes from the player who has had other offers but wants to help us get promotion. So that’s great to read.

Anyway, welcome to Aston Villa Axel, I actually hope you aren`t called upon because one would assume if you are, it`s due to an injury to one of our first choice defenders. But if you are called upon, I hope you play blinders for us. Certainly looks like the lad has a red hot career ahead of him. Must be amazing to be that age with the world at your feet.

I suppose I’ve just got to get over ‘where we are at’. It will be intriguing to see where he is played and what he can bring to the party. If he can help us gain promotion, then whoop and all those sorts of things and who knows, maybe then we’d be able to buy him?


18 Replies to “The Arrival Of Axel Tuanzebe. Where Will He Fit In?”

  • So this is sort of half positive and half negative. The negativity isn’t to the player though and it will be interesting to see what sort of a role he will play.

  • Interesting signing, looks likes he’s fast so maybe to take the ball from defence to attack quickly , we do lack speed in the defence area sometimes, now all we need is a striker to come in …. over to you good Dr.

  • yes, thinking that he will probably be holding mid role actually? And then cover if we get an injury in defence. One would assume that means goodbye to Elphick

  • I would imagine he was cover for defensive mid and defence but more likely to end up playing defensive mid. Perhaps this allows us to sell Elphick and Bjarnason now. My concern is have we promised to play him, as I’d be surprised if he want to come/be all

  • I think although young, he has more ‘first team’ experience at a higher level than our exciting young reserves. We don’t have a chance of buying Axel as Mourinho values him too highly, but I feel this arrangement suits all concerned parties. He’s here

  • Are people forgetting we in championship. A player who is man United prospect is probs way higher then our young lads. Great business. Please a striker too. And let’s battle our way back to premier league.

  • I am inclined to agree with the original article, what I would state is our goal is promotion and although I would ideally like it to be with our young prospects, however as promotion is the short term goal and home grown talent the long term, I think thi

  • I’m afraid our football credibility was destroyed by Lerner. Gritted teeth, Man U and Spurs have that football credibility. Seems like our academy was trashed by MON by the forced promotion of Gabby and the dismal disposal of Cahill. In the interest of ge

  • TF, I always give Vital Villa a read, flat content or not its where some of the saner comments reside (that’s a compliment folks) I often forget to log in to comment though. Keep up the good work.

  • Meh. We might as well close down our academy and just loan in players from everyone else. Small time thinking in my opinion and doesn’t send out a great signal to the kids in the U23s who are working hard for their opportunity.

  • it is a strange one and at the moment i dont get it,,,,,,,,,,,
    so he is fast,,, can anyone see him as a central defender for us ,,,,, unless elphick sold then no,,
    defensive midfielder,,, can you see him playing before whelan jedi or barny
    he might

  • Welcome Axel, any player who is going to join the cause to get us promotion sees the opportunity in front of us. I have not seen him play, not sure how many others have. If knocking on the door of the first team in team in the 2nd/3rd largest football clu

  • Seeing as they are supposedly looking at loaning Suliman to a league 1 or 2 club, I’m guessing they don’t feel he is ready for this level just yet. I’d guess they must be looking at Axel for a holding midfield role though as Chester and JT are miles ahead

  • It would be a strange move to break up the JT-Chester partnership. Can’t see that happening, at least I hope not.

  • For Bruce this was a “Damned if I do, Damned if I don’t” decision. The pursuit for Axel would of started when Jedi was diagnosed with a long term shoulder injury, Whelan was passing the ball to Derby’s striker, Ephlick was in the doghouse, Samba pulled a

  • Hate loans in on principle unless it’s a prospect we want to take a closer look at. But like Johnstone he comes in with positive reviews and we have to accept where we are in the foodchain now. The flipside is I’d have probably looked good in a defensiv

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