Having only joined from La Liga side Valencia in the summer, Aly Cissokho has been an ever-present this season in Paul Lambert’s side and is now attracting the interest of Napoli boss Rafa Benitez. The former Liverpool loanee could link up with the former Reds boss in a surprise move that would bring the left-back’s stay at Villa Park to an end after only five months for the Claret and Blue.
Italian news outlet Mediaset are reporting that Napoli club director Riccardo Bigon will travel to England before the start of the January window, with plans to further scout the subject of his interest personally.
Villa have had trouble filling the left-back position in recent seasons, with the likes of Antonio Luna and Joe Bennett proving to be liabilities when it comes to juggling defensive duties with getting forward down the flank. Finally having found a more consistent performer to occupy the starting position, Villa manager Lambert will be reluctant to allow his £2 million acquisition to move on so soon.
With the uncertainty surrounding the future of fellow defender and club captain Ron Vlaar, the last thing Villa need is another potential departure of another one of their regulars in the back four. While Villa have had their struggles this season, the back four tend to be more composed than last term, as well as being a more experienced and solid foundation for the Villans.
On the opposite flank to Cissokho, the reintegration of Alan Hutton has been a revelation this season thus far, after his much publicized exodus from the squad for almost two years.
The partnership of Vlaar and new signing Philippe Senderos has proved a strong partnership and played a pivotal role in Villa’s great start to the season, and the emerging partnership of Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark in recent games has shown that Villa have strength in depth when it comes to their defensive options.
With last season’s loan stint at Liverpool proving fruitless for the 27-year-old, Cissokho appears to have settled in nicely at B6. Even if a move to Napoli is on the table, it seems that he would be more than happy to stay put at Villa and fight for the cause in the West Midlands.