The Express & Star are reporting that we are looking to bring back Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe for a second loan spell.
The 20-year-old initially joined for six months in January, but his game time was severely curtailed due to an ankle injury.
Fans on Twitter were not too keen on the centre-back returning:
What’s the point. Use the youth.
— Jay Clark (@JayClarky1) 18 June 2018
Excellent! Can’t wait to not see him play due to injuries. Really can, not, wait.
— Jatinder (@jSG50) 18 June 2018
Why? He wasn’t great.
— Richard Suthon (@rpsvilla) 18 June 2018
Bruce has no idea! ????
— Richard Armstrong (@RicardoAVFC) 18 June 2018
Oh god please no. Gives our own kids a chance.
— Mark Whitehouse (@malcywhitehouse) 18 June 2018
— Villa Views (@VillaViews_) 18 June 2018
But when he did play he was shocking not this great player they all said he was
— Zaggy (@zaggy59) 18 June 2018
— Dan Smith (@smithdan91) 18 June 2018
I’d rather see some of our younger players given the chance…
— SP85K (@SP85K) 18 June 2018
Only if we’re gonna play him cb
— Sam (@1_0_1_0_1_0_I) 18 June 2018
Makes perfect sense given our predicament. Could be 1st choice CB. #avfc
— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) 18 June 2018
Why? Not needed!!
— Darren Halfpenny (@DazHalfpenny) 18 June 2018
In my view, Tuanzebe didn’t get enough time to show what he can do. Of course, he will need to stay fit, but he is able to play in a number of positions.
He was ostensibly used as a full-back by Steve Bruce in his five games for us, but his favoured role is at centre-half, while he can also play as a defensive midfielder.
With our options at centre-back likely to be limited next campaign, the United defender may be someone that could step up to the plate, even if his initial spell at the club was far from impressive.