Transfer news

Holman considering Villa future

June 1, 2013
By Ian Edwards

Brett Holman claims he may be forced to leave Aston Villa after falling out of favour with manager Paul Lambert.

Brett Holman
PA Photos Brett Holman has made 27 appearances for Aston Villa, scoring one goal

The Australia international has voiced his frustration at being overlooked for the majority of the second half of the season and is considering his options, less than a year after moving to Villa Park.

Lambert is believed to be looking at adding around six new players to his squad this summer, including Bulgarian winger Aleksander Tonev, who operates in Holman's favoured left-sided midfield role.

Negotiations with Tonev's Polish side Lech Poznan over a £3.5 million deal are advancing, after the winger was recommended by Stiliyan Petrov to Lambert and Holman fears he will fall further down the pecking order.

Holman still has two years left on his contract after arriving on a free transfer from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar last summer.

But the player, signed by Paul Lambert’s predecessor Alex McLeish, admits he might have to make a change to achieve his wish of first-team football.

"I’m going to knuckle down for the next few weeks and then think about my future,” Holman said.

"Maybe I have to make a decision. It all depends on what happens at Villa. If something needs changing, a change will be made.

"It’s frustrating, and you’d be crazy to say you’re happy sitting on the bench every week. You miss that peak moment at the end of the week after working your backside off. You don’t get any rewards for it.

"It’s been tough, but luckily I’ve got a good support system with my family behind me and they keep me busy enough to take my mind off it.”

Holman is currently on international duty with Australia, but is concerned about his form due to the lack of action at Villa.

"I’m not match-fit because I haven’t played any games. You’re training all the time, and you do extra sessions because you haven’t been playing," he said.

"It’s tough to judge because I haven’t played in such a long time."