Garde confirms plan to offload Villa fringe players

Date published: Thursday 24th December 2015 1:26

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Remi Garde has confirmed he will look to offload a number of Aston Villa’s fringe players in the January transfer window.

Garde believes it is not healthy to have players out of the picture at Bodymoor Heath.

Long-serving Gabby Agbonlahor is among those that could be available for a move, while Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia, Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos are also likely to go.

Agbonlahor, who made his Villa debut in 2006, has played just one minute under Garde and has not scored since March.

Ahead of Saturday’s visit of West Ham Garde said: “There are some players who are here who haven’t been playing for a long time and I think it’s not very healthy for the the group or for themselves.

“As a player you want to play and I can understand they are frustrated and they are not happy about their situation. We will have to find a solution.

“I can’t tell you how many players but there are a few.”

The squad will train on Christmas morning before spending the rest of the day at home, with Garde hopeful a relaxed atmosphere will inspire a result.

The Hammers have drawn their last three games 0-0, but Garde recognises they will be a tough hurdle to overcome.

“I don’t believe too much in gifts, we don’t have to rely on anyone else but us,” he said.

“It is (winnable), like every home game, but West Ham are very solid. They don’t conceded any goals, the good news is they didn’t score but they’re a tough team.

“They are very efficient away. They are fourth if you have the table only on away games.

“They are also very dangerous on the counter attack. We need to find the right balance, playing a home game but to be very aware of the counter. They have quick players.”

Garde, who replaced Tim Sherwood in November, is attempting to somehow galvanise a relegation-haunted Villa side that lies 10 points from safety.

Villa’s only Premier League victory so far this campaign came on the opening day of the season against newly-promoted Bournemouth and they have scored only 14 goals from 17 league matches.

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