Kieran Richardson has completed his transfer from Fulham to Aston Villa.
The 29-year-old had been the subject of interest from several clubs, including, West Ham, West Brom and Crystal Palace but Villa have got their man.
Richardson had seemed keen to stay in London following Fulham’s relegation, but the arrival of Roy Keane at Villa Park as Paul Lambert’s number two is believed to have swayed his decision. The Manchester United legend was captain of United whilst Kieran Richardson was coming through the ranks and earning valuable play-time as a teenager.
Keane was captain of Manchester United when Richardson was emerging through the ranks at Old Trafford, and made him Sunderland’s record signing in 2007 while manager.
It is no secret that Paul Lambert and Villa could do with a left-back, with Ryan Bertrand having to come out on loan from Chelsea for the second half of the season. However, for the injury prone Villa side, Richardson could be so much more than a left-back.
In the past we have seen the ex-England man play as a winger, an attacking central midfielder and as a defensive midfielder. Aston Villa may not just be getting an very physical capable defender, they could be receiving that utility man which can be so important for any side.
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