Albert Adomah could leave Aston Villa in January, after his proposed deadline-day switch back to Middlesbrough fell through last month.

Birmingham Live’s Villa writer Alex Dicken, speaking to the Teesside Gazette, suggested that the winger would be welcomed back into the fold, but also admitted that a move may well still materialise in the mid-season window.

Boro sold Adomah to the Midlands outfit in the summer of 2016 and he has become a popular figure at the club in the intervening two years.

Nicknamed ‘Uncle Albert’ by the fans, he spearheaded Steve Bruce’s side’s push to the play-off final last term with 14 league goals from his 39 appearances.

However, the Ghana international’s most recent strike in claret and blue came back in March and his performances at the beginning of the current campaign have drawn criticism from some sections of the support.

That seemed to pave the way for Adomah to rejoin the North East side in August, but a deal could not be reached.

The 30-year-old must now pour his focus into regaining his place in the Villa side following several high-profile acquisitions in his position towards the end of the window.

Anwar El Ghazi has impressed in his early outings, while Yannick Bolasie’s arrival has been met with optimism despite his injury struggles at Everton.

The main bone of contention at Villa Park these days is the figure in the dugout; the mood seemed to turn firmly against Bruce after an underwhelming start to the season was compounded by a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Sheffield United last time out.

Results have been deemed not good enough, particularly owing to the fact that the Villans have mostly played against clubs in the lower reaches of the table.

Bruce’s style of play is also coming in for scrutiny given both the players at his disposal and the contrasting performances of promotion rivals such as Leeds, whose manager has got the team playing an exciting brand of football in just a matter of months at the helm.

Anything less than a win at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday evening will heap even greater pressure on the 57-year-old’s shoulders.


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