Aston Villa are beginning to hit form at the perfect time in the Sky Bet Championship, with Dean Smith’s men looking strong contenders to finish in the play-off spots.
The Villans have propelled themselves into the top six after picking up five successive league wins – the return of Jack Grealish has certainly galvanised the West Midlands side, with plenty of players stepping up to the plate in recent weeks.
Glenn Whelan is a player who has really improved over the last month or so – the midfielder has put in a string of solid performances for both Villa and the Republic of Ireland national side, and is playing an integral role in the heart of Smith’s midfield.
A big decision is pending in the summer however, with the 35-year old’s contract at Villa Park set to expire at the end of the season, after spending the best part of two years with the club.
A few months ago, most wouldn’t have been bothered if Whelan was let go at the end of the season, but after becoming a hugely important player under Smith, plenty of Villa fans have discussed whether they would keep him on or not…
No. I like Whelan, always have, but we have to start buying and signing younger players. Keeping older players around is just dead money, and Smith has already discussed us building value within the squad, and there has to be sacrifices to do that. #AVFC
— Phil Roberts (@iamVilla) April 3, 2019
If he wants us to do him a favour by keeping him here, he needs to do us a favour by taking a pay cut! If so, im all for it.
— Villans Opinions (@VillansOpinions) April 3, 2019
Pointless question as completely depends on how our season ends. Promotion then absolutely not. If we stay in this division then potentially yes.
— Heath Legend (@HeathLegend1987) April 3, 2019
Probably a year extension if we don't go up, other than that, no.
— VillaFan (@ViIIaFan) April 3, 2019
Yes but depends on wages if we don't go up, if we go up yes as a top pro even as a bench player he can teach young players a lot.
— mangles (@bamboozled19) April 3, 2019
Very difficult to say, on current form yes but he’s another year older, probably has high wages and has had a fair few poor performances in his time at Villa. Need to be sensible financially with quite a few midfielders on longer deals and could be utilised instead
— Chris (@chris_n1996) April 3, 2019
No. He's done well, but at 35 its time to look for a younger more dynamic midfielder.
— Will Monk (@keese09) April 3, 2019
Only if we're in the Championship next season
— Cole – TalkAstonVilla (@TalkAstonVilla) April 3, 2019
If he’s on £10k a week or less then yes, a 1 year deal would be okay, decent squad player as we’ve seen in recent weeks. People like Jedi, Lansbury, Birkir, they’re the ones we need to move on.
— Ben Broadhurst (@bennybale) April 3, 2019