Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Tshibola has joined Scottish side Kilmarnock on loan for the reminder of the season.
At Kilmarnock, the 23-year-old will link up with former manager Steve Clarke, a man who played a huge part in building his career. Clarke brought Tshibola into his Reading side and played a huge role in his transfer from the Royals to Aston Villa during his brief spell as assistant manager to Roberto Di Matteo.
Tshibola hasn’t featured much for the Villa first team since his arrival and he didn’t even travel with the club on any of their pre-season trips.
The midfielder has already had two loan moves away from Villa park prior to his move to Kilmarnock. Last season, he and Ross McCormack went on loan to Nottingham Forest. Earlier this season he went to MK Dons but was sent back to Aston Villa six months before the loan deal was due to expire.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce hopes his spell in Scotland and a reunion with Steve Clarke can get him playing well again, saying
I hope he goes and plays and I hope he enjoys himself. He knows Steve Clarke so maybe he can get a tune out of him, I think the move to Aston Villa has probably come a bit too early for him. This gives him a chance to go and play and get his career up and running again. He’s obviously had a disappointing time at MK Dons and it hasn’t worked for him so let’s hope this one works.