In what is set to be a makeshift summer for Aston Villa, the large percentage of supporters will be demanding for a major squad overhaul in the transfer window – both incomings and departures.
One player who has never really set the world alight and struggled to make an impact in the Midlands is 24-year-old midfielder Gary Gardner.
The player has been at Villa for his entire career up to this point, with several loan spells away from the club including stints at Brighton & Hove Albion and most recently Nottingham Forest.
Gardner graduated from the youth academy in 2011, however, hasn’t lived up to the expectations that his brother Craig has fulfilled, whom now incidentally plays for geographical rivals Birmingham City.
He is one of a few players in Steve Bruce’s squad to receive criticism this campaign for lack of consistency and a string of poor performances, in what has been a transitional period for the Villains.
Gary Gardner had to accept abuse hurled at him during the weekend’s loss to Blackburn Rovers, where only pride was at stake.
It is also likely to be a changing squad in the transfer window and Bruce will surely be wanting to alter his team even more, which could end the central midfielder’s tenure at Villa Park.
In my opinion, it would be the right decision to allow the former England under-21 to leave because it’s true to be said that he has had an undermining season, and game-time may be a struggle next year if the boss acquires his summer targets.
Aston Villa supporters, do you think Gary Gardner still has something to offer? Would you let him go? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!