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Five players Aston Villa should sell in the summer

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It's probably safe to say Aston Villa will be a Championship club next season.

They are currently bottom of the Premier League and eight points away from safety with just nine games left.

Tim Sherwood was at the helm for the beginning of the season, but following his dismissal, Remi Garde came in to try and steady the ship. However, sadly for Villa and the fans, things haven't improved and they are still rock-bottom and destined for the drop.

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The latest setbacks have come at the hands of Manchester City and Tottenham, conceding six and scoring none, getting battered 4-0 by Manuel Pellegrini's men and losing 2-0 at home to title-chasers Spurs.

So with relegation all-but confirmed, it's time for a summer of changes for Villa and to start with, they should look at selling some players.

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Here are five players that should be sold by Villa.

1) Joleon Lescott

No, this article wasn't published by my phone in my pocket.

Joleon Lescott should be one shipped out of Villa Park, and no it's not just because of that phone incident with the tweet of his brand new car.

He will be one of the highest paid players at Villa, and due to his age, he should be one that is shipped out this summer.

Arguably he has been one of their better performers, scoring some goals for the club, but due to his age, his wage and probably his desire to stay in the Premier League, he could be one for the axe.

2) Charles N'Zogbia

Not sure when the last time Charles N'Zogbia was a relevant footballer.

It's well documented Aston Villa tried to sell him in January, but they failed in doing so and the winger refused to quit the club.

N'Zogbia has to be one to leave the club over the summer and it's a good chance for some of the youngsters to stake a claim for themselves in his absence.

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3) Gabriel Agbonlahor

It's finally time for the striker to leave Aston Villa.

He simply hasn't improved since he broke onto the scene years ago. It's crazy to think he was once linked with a mega-money move to Arsenal.

His pace was lethal earlier in his career, but he simply doesn't score enough for the side and he's now lost a lot of that pace.

Time for him to go.

4) Alan Hutton

The right-back should also be sold from Aston Villa and that's for the same reason as Joleon Lescott.

He's ageing and he's also probably on a hefty contract, so it could be wise for Villa to offload the Scotsman and look to give the youngsters a chance.

With the club being relegated, now is the best time for them to blood some of their youths into the first-team.

Give them a chance to show what they can do.

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5) Carles Gil

This one is more of a - they will struggle to keep hold of him.

Carles Gil moved to Aston Villa from Valencia, but he is not the type of player they need given the situation they are in.

They aren't good enough to have luxury players like Gil. They need fighters. Players who will get dirty and battle for the team.

Sadly, Gil is not that and in the Championship, it will only get tougher.

He will probably push for a transfer away from Villa over the summer, as well as some others.

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