Date: 24th June 2021 at 6:50pm
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Aston Villa journalist James Rushton has been sharing his thoughts on Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson and his future at the Midlands club. 

This comes after Rushton made an appearance on a recent episode of the Birmingham Mail’s Claret & Blue Podcast, where he spoke about a range of topics concerning ’s side.

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First up in this Gareth Barry quiz, which club did Villa sign the midfielder from?

On the subject of Sanson and his future with the Villans, Rushton had this to say about the player.

He said: “A lot came out when he was bought in that he was on the radar this summer, and he would have been one of the first signings this summer.

“So to get him in early, bed him in, I know he’s had the , but he’s had the playing experience so he should have a nice start to next season hopefully, fingers crossed, because a lot of people have written him off as well, seems like they want to replace his position already and send him out on loan to a Championship club I’ve seen some people say on Twitter, which I think is a bit harsh, considering we’ve barely seen him and he already had a bit of a nice impact.

“I think in one of his first games after he signed in January against , people wanted to see him come in immediately over Barkley, so if that’s what we thought of him then, I don’t see why it would have changed now, we should still have a positive outlook for Morgan Sanson going forward.”

As Rushton said, Villa signed Sanson back in the January transfer window from French club Marseille for a fee of £16 million. Since then, the 26-year-old, who is currently valued at £14.4 million, has made just nine appearances in the Premier League (per Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on James Rushton’s comments on Sanson and his future with Villa… 

Given how Sanson wasn’t in Villa’s squad for their final nine league games of the season due to injury, it’s understandable how some Villa fans could have forgotten about the player or maybe not have a good feeling about his future at the club.

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In our view, while it will have been disappointing for the Frenchman to have picked up this lengthy injury at this point in his Villa career, at least he has some experience of being at the club and playing in the team under his belt.

Also, with Villa having said goodbye to Ross Barkley after his recent loan spell at Villa Park, this could potentially offer Sanson more opportunities to play in the team next season if he doesn’t have any more injury issues and he can almost make a fresh start in Smith’s side.

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