Aston Villa have had a bad day, no doubt about it. John Terry is leaving, the club clearly couldn’t afford keeping him and as realisation set in the owner Tony Xia announced a very grim statement regarding the immediate future. It didn’t make good reading for Villa fans but it is of much interest to Leeds United ones.
Leeds are currently in pursuit of Abel Hernandez and the direct competition in the UK is Aston Villa. The club announced that the restrictions would now be very difficult to deal with and that probably means some very obvious situations. A transfer embargo looms, no doubt about it. Whether that is this summer, January or next summer it’s coming and Villa have to balance their books as soon as possible to avoid any more punishment.
Villa took a huge gamble spending the money that they have in the last two seasons and it has backfired in dramatic fashion. If they thought that it was a tough ask getting out of the Championship after spending almost £70 million in two years they are about to get a huge shock when they have to sell their star names and look for players on a lot less wages, Abel Hernandez is not going to come cheap in terms of wages, but Leeds United don’t have an issue with FFP.
Leeds still can’t compete with some of the clubs in the division despite being in a healthy financial situation but they can increase the wages for new players. It isn’t a gamble because the entire squad as it stands is on less than £15k per week, some are maybe slightly over. The announcement by Xia today also left everyone wondering whether Steve Bruce would be given the chance again after failing in his time at Villa Park, it must be said it’s looking like he may well be given the boot.
No real update on Abel Hernandez but Leeds obviously very keen to sign him. There are other options but he's no 1 choice. Remains to be seen what Villa do as they were clearly interested too. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) May 28, 2018
Steve Bruce was the manager at Hull City when Abel Hernandez helped the club to promotion and that coupled with the fact some of his old team-mates are there was probably a pull. The fact that some of them may leave and Bruce’s future looks uncertain helps Leeds, as does the fact Villa need to sell and reduce wages massively before signing anyone. They currently have Jonathan Kodjia, Ross McCormack, Scott Hogan and Lewis Grabban on their books, although Grabban is on loan.