The January transfer window deadline has now passed and Aston Villa were certainly busy on the final day of the forced media frenzy.
With a few new faces coming in, and not necessarily those many fans were expecting given the speculation on the rumour mill, we also saw a raft of departures. Most were loan deals for youngsters as we look to bring them on for the future, but head coach Dean Smith began his cull of the squad ahead of the greater one that will no doubt come next summer when existing deals naturally expire.
A number of our next generation were in line to potentially debut for their new clubs last weekend, so here’s the usual monthly round-up of who is doing what and where.
With a number of recalls for loanees, these are the lads who remained out on existing deals at the close of the end of the month.
Mitch Clark capped an impressive pre-season with the first team and our Under 23s by bagging a loan out to Port Vale. The 19-year-old Welshman has hit the ground running at Vale Park and has 30 starting appearances to his name so far with one appearance from the bench and by all accounts, he’s been very impressive across those matches.
Aaron Tshibola renewed his acquaintance with Steve Clarke up at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock after a semi-successful spell in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign. He made his second bow for them in the clash against Aberdeen and he now has 16 starting appearances to his name, with a return of one goal and three further showings from the substitutes bench.
Gary Gardner made the switch across the City to join up with brother Craig at Birmingham City. He has now made 27 appearances for them with an additional showing from the bench, returning one goal.
Ross McCormack again headed out to Australia for a season-long loan with Central Coast Marriners. The 32-year-old had five league starts to his name, with only one goal returned. Having headed back in January following the cancellation of that spell, he moved north of the border back to former club Motherwell in early January. He has one start and two substitute appearances to his name so far.
Ritchie de Laet also headed out to Australia for the year, joining up with Melbourne City. He has 15 league appearances to his name and six goals.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy went out earlier in January to Cambridge United to join former assistant manager Colin Calderwood. He’s made three starting appearances so far.
New lads added to the list were.
James Bree headed out to Portman Road and Ipswich Town and with eleven appearances for us this year, he made his debut for the Tractor Boys against Sheffield Wednesday.
Callum O’Hare made the move to Carlisle United but he’s yet to debut.
Corey Blackett-Taylor head to Walsall and the Bescot Stadium and he made his substitute bow for them in the game against Rochdale.
Jake Doyle-Hayes joined RHM at Cambridge United but he’s yet to debut.
Scott Hogan finally joined Sheffield United with their manager Chris Wilder chasing him since last summer. He’s yet to feature for them.
Harry McKirdy made the move to Newport County and Rodney Parade, but he’s yet to feature.
Deadline day capture Frederic Guilbert did sign permanent terms with us, but was instantly loaned back to former club Caen until the summer. He’s made 20 appearances this season.