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‘Better than Pogba’ – This youngster’s Aston Villa arrival raised expectations, but he fell drastically short of them

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The 2015/16 season represented possibly the worst of Aston Villa’s history as Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde led them to a rock-bottom finish in the Premier League. 

They ended up 17 points adrift of Norwich City, who finished just one place above them, with their 28-year run in the top-flight brought to a crushing end.

With Garde sacked before the season had even ended, the club needed a new boss and former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo was deemed the man for the job.

He set about splashing the cash as he looked to ensure Villa’s stay in the second tier was a short one.

A whopping £55million was spent on new arrivals in the summer of 2016 with the likes of Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia, James Chester, Pierluigi Gollini and Mile Jedinak all arriving for significant fees.

Another name to arrive was a youngster from within the Championship.

This is FLW Rewind, where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

Aaron Tshibola had become one of the league’s most highly-rated talents after a decent season with Reading.

He was far from the finished product, but it was enough to persuade the West Midlands club to part with big money to bring him to Villa Park.

The midfielder was brought in to be a long-term solution to the club’s midfield problems and despite being misled by big-money signings in the past, the fans were still extremely excited by his arrival:

Sadly, this was to be another enormous anticlimax for these fans.

Despite going straight into the matchday squad at the start of the Championship season, Tshibola showed very little to get excited about.

He scored his only goal for the club against Newcastle United after returning from a groin strain to tease the fans that he could still be well worth the fee paid.

But after that goal only eight more league appearances followed for Tshibola as his Villa career rapidly petered out, with Steve Bruce showing very little interest in him after taking over in October.

A cameo appearance against Wolves is still the last match he has played for the club, spending time on loan with Nottingham Forest and Kilmarnock since then.

A multi-million pound signing, he certainly was not.


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