Villa are expecting Guilbert back in the Midlands once the season comes to a close, so Strasbourg won’t have an option to buy this summer. The Frenchman has made just two appearances in all competitions this season and found himself behind Matty Cash and Ahmed Elmohamady in the right-back pecking order at Villa Park.
Guilbert joined Villa from SM Caen in January and has gone on to make 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying two assists. The 26-year-old was a regular his second season in England until he picked up a knee injury before football returned last June, limiting him to only two appearances from Villa’s last 10 games of the 2019/20 campaign.
Guilbert then fell further down the pecking order when Cash was signed from Nottingham Forest, so he can’t be blamed for seeking a temporary move away for more playing time. Elmohamady has been an able deputy at right-back and is out of contract in the coming months, so his expected departure could open the door to Guilbert getting more minutes next season.
These Aston Villa fans took to Twitter to lament the loan move, which one supporter described as a “stupid decision” by the club:
Gotta have someone coming in ? Strange decision to keep leaving our squad bare ATM.
— cj (@lvad78) January 31, 2021
Damn. Thought he was half decent last season. Honestly elmo’s work ethic is great but he’s not backup level. Guilbert was a decent backup, but I guess we can do with elmo for the redt of the season, but we need a new backup next window
— Etian (@Etian40236710) January 31, 2021
Stupid decision, what If cash gets injured?
— jaammeess (@kesty100) January 31, 2021
Guilbert was decent last season imo think hes been treated slightly harsh this season but hopefully it's a loan until the end of the season then he comes back in the summer with elmo gone and hes back up to cash
— Jaxson⚜ (@jaxson_morrison) January 30, 2021
Must be more to the Guilbert loan. He was a solid player and showed great passion. Don't get it
— Alex Warren (@Alexwarren_1997) January 31, 2021
Relying on Elmo as cover for cash is shocking https://t.co/8SrHD0sXCM
— Carl (@CarlReevesAVFC) January 31, 2021