2015–16 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
2015–16 season
ChairmanRandy Lerner
Manager
StadiumVilla Park
Premier League20th (relegated)
FA CupFourth round
League CupFourth round
Top goalscorerLeague: Jordan Ayew (7)
All: Jordan Ayew (7)

The 2015–16 season was Aston Villa's 24th season in the Premier League and 28th and final consecutive season in the top flight of English football, as well as their 141st season as a professional football club. Villa also participated in the FA Cup and League Cup. The club was initially managed by Tim Sherwood, in what would have been his first full season as manager.[1] However, Sherwood was sacked on 25 October 2015 and later replaced by Rémi Garde on 2 November.[2][3] Garde parted ways with Villa on 29 March 2016 with the club still bottom of the league. Ex-Coventry City manager Eric Black was put in temporary charge.[4] The club were relegated from the top flight of English football for the first time since the 1986–87 season, following an away loss to Manchester United on 16 April 2016.[5]

Key events[edit]

Players[edit]

First Team Squad[edit]

Squad No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Apps. Goals Notes
Goalkeepers
1 Brad Guzan United States GK (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 34) 163 0
13 Jed Steer HG1 England GK (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 26) 4 0 On loan at Huddersfield Town.
31 Mark Bunn HG1 England GK (1984-11-16) 16 November 1984 (age 34) 7 0
Defenders
3 Joe Bennett HG1 England LB (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 29) 38 1 On loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
4 Micah Richards (team captain) HG1 England CB / RB (1988-06-24) 24 June 1988 (age 30) 22 2
5 Jores Okore Denmark CB (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 26) 42 1
6 Ciaran Clark HG2 Republic of Ireland CB / LB (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 29) 150 9
16 Joleon Lescott HG1 England CB (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982 (age 36) 17 3
21 Alan Hutton Scotland RB (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 34) 86 1
23 Jordan Amavi U21 France LB (1994-03-09) 9 March 1994 (age 25) 12 0
26 Lewis Kinsella HG2/U21 England LB (1994-09-02) 2 September 1994 (age 24) 0 0
32 Janoi Donacien HG2 Saint Lucia CB / RB (1993-11-03) 3 November 1993 (age 25) 0 0 On loan at Newport County
33 José Ángel Crespo Spain LB / RB (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 32) 2 0 On loan at Rayo Vallecano
43 Aly Cissokho France LB (1987-09-15) 15 September 1987 (age 31) 34 0
Nathan Baker HG2 England CB / LB (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 28) 87 0 On loan at Bristol City
Midfielders
7 Leandro Bacuna Curaçao CM / RB / RWB (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 27) 86 6
8 Idrissa Gueye Senegal DM (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 29) 24 1
9 Scott Sinclair HG1 England LW / RW (1989-03-25) 25 March 1989 (age 30) 34 9
15 Ashley Westwood HG1 England CM (1990-04-01) 1 April 1990 (age 29) 123 3
17 Jordan Veretout France CM (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 26) 21 0
18 Kieran Richardson HG1 England LW / LB (1984-10-21) 21 October 1984 (age 34) 36 0
20 Adama Traoré U21 Spain RW (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 (age 23) 10 1
22 Gary Gardner HG2 England CM (1992-06-29) 29 June 1992 (age 26) 18 0 On loan at Nottingham Forest.
24 Carlos Sánchez Colombia DM (1986-02-06) 6 February 1986 (age 33) 48 1
25 Carles Gil Spain AM / RW (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 26) 28 3
28 Charles N'Zogbia HG1 France LW / AM (1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 32) 92 5
38 Jordan Lyden HG2 / U21 Australia DM / CM / RB (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 22) 2 0
40 Jack Grealish HG2 / U21 England LW / AM (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 23) 39 1
Forwards
11 Gabriel Agbonlahor (club captain) HG2 England ST / LW / RW (1986-10-13) 13 October 1986 (age 32) 364 84
19 Jordan Ayew Ghana ST (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 27) 24 5
27 Libor Kozák Czech Republic ST (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 29) 19 4
37 Callum Robinson HG2 / U21 England ST (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 24) 5 0 On loan at Preston North End
39 Rudy Gestede Benin ST (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 30) 26 5
  • HG1 = Association-trained player
  • HG2 = Club-trained player
  • U21 = Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)
  • EXC = Excluded from 25-man Premier League squad (players loaned out not counted)

Last updated: 8 February 2016.
Source: AVFC

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Summer

Position: Player Transferred from Fee Date Source
MF England Scott Sinclair England Manchester City Undisclosed (~ £2,500,000)[59] 19 May 2015[a] [6]
DF England Micah Richards England Manchester City Free transfer 17 June 2015[b] [8]
GK England Mark Bunn England Norwich City Free transfer 9 July 2015 [12]
MF Senegal Idrissa Gueye France Lille Undisclosed (~ £9,000,000)[14] 10 July 2015 [13]
DF France Jordan Amavi France Nice Undisclosed (~ £9,000,000)[18] 18 July 2015 [17]
FW Ghana Jordan Ayew France Lorient Undisclosed (~ £9,000,000)[21] 27 July 2015 [20]
DF Spain José Ángel Crespo Spain Córdoba Undisclosed (~ £500,000)[60] 28 July 2015 [22]
MF France Jordan Veretout France Nantes Undisclosed (~ £7,000,000)[61] 31 July 2015 [23]
FW Benin Rudy Gestede England Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed (~ £6,000,000)[62] 31 July 2015 [24]
MF Spain Adama Traoré Spain Barcelona B Undisclosed (~ £7,000,000) 14 August 2015 [34]
DF England Joleon Lescott England West Bromwich Albion Undisclosed (~£2,000,000)[63] 1 September 2015 [39]
GK Montenegro Matija Sarkić[c] Belgium Anderlecht Undisclosed 1 September 2015 [41]

Total incoming: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £52,000,000)

Out[edit]

Summer

Position: Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
FW England Darren Bent England Derby County[d] Free transfer (~ Released) 8 June 2015 [7][64]
DF Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens England Portsmouth[e] Free transfer (~ Released) 8 June 2015 [7][65]
FW Republic of Ireland Graham Burke England Notts County[f] Free transfer (~ Released) 8 June 2015 [7][66]
FW Austria Andreas Weimann England Derby County Undisclosed (~ £2,750,000)[67] 18 June 2015 [9]
MF Mali Yacouba Sylla France Rennes Undisclosed 22 June 2015 [68]
DF England Matthew Lowton England Burnley Undisclosed (~ £1,000,000)[69] 22 June 2015 [70]
MF Australia Chris Herd England Chesterfield[g] Free transfer (~ Released) 1 July 2015 [11][71]
DF Netherlands Ron Vlaar Netherlands AZ Alkmaar[h] Free transfer (~ End of contract)[i] 1 July 2015 [10][72]
FW Denmark Nicklas Helenius Denmark Aalborg BK Free transfer (~ Mutual termination) 3 July 2015 [73]
DF Spain Antonio Luna Spain Eibar Free transfer (~ Mutual termination) 9 July 2015 [74]
GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given England Stoke City Free transfer (~ Mutual termination) 10 July 2015 [15]
MF England Fabian Delph England Manchester City £8,000,000 17 July 2015 [16]
FW Belgium Christian Benteke England Liverpool £32,500,000 22 July 2015 [19]
MF Bulgaria Aleksandar Tonev Italy Frosinone Free transfer (~ Mutual termination) 27 August 2015 [75]

Winter

Summer

Position: Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
MF England Joe Cole England Coventry City Free transfer 7 January 2016 [76]
DF Switzerland Philippe Senderos Switzerland Grasshoppers[j] Free transfer (~ Mutual termination) 27 January 2016 [77][78]

Total outgoing: Increase Undisclosed (~ £44,250,000)

  1. ^ Signing was made permanent following loan the previous season.
  2. ^ Officially joined on 1 July 2015 following release from Manchester City.
  3. ^ Development squad player.
  4. ^ Signed for Derby County on 8 June 2015 following release from club.
  5. ^ Signed for Portsmouth on 15 June 2015 following release from club.
  6. ^ Signed for Notts County on 8 July 2015 following release from club.
  7. ^ Signed for Chesterfield on 11 September 2015 following release from club.
  8. ^ Signed for AZ on 7 December 2015 following release from club.
  9. ^ Rejected new contract offer from club.
  10. ^ Signed for Grasshoppers on 29 January 2016 following release from club.

Loans[edit]

In[edit]

Summer

Position: Player Loaned from Date Duration Return date Notes Source
DF Portugal Tiago Ilori England Liverpool 1 September 2015 4 months 8 January 2016 Initially season-long; loan cancelled. [40][79]

Out[edit]

Summer

Position: Player Loaned to Date Duration Return date Notes Source
DF France Aly Cissokho Portugal Porto 5 August 2015 Five-month 18 December 2015 Initially season-long; player recalled. [27][28]
FW England Callum Robinson England Bristol City 7 August 2015 Season-long 30 June 2016 [30]
DF Saint Lucia Janoi Donacien England Wycombe Wanderers 21 August 2015 One-month 19 September 2015 [80]
DF England Nathan Baker England Bristol City 1 September 2015 Season-long 30 June 2016 [42]
DF England Joe Bennett England Bournemouth 1 September 2015 Four-month 22 December 2015 [43][81]

Winter

Position: Player Loaned to Date Duration Return date Notes Source
GK England Jed Steer England Huddersfield Town 11 September 2015 Two-month 11 November 2015 Loan extended on 15/10/15. [82][83]
DF Saint Lucia Janoi Donacien Wales Newport County 24 September 2015 One-month 24 October 2015 [84]
MF England Joe Cole England Coventry City 19 October 2015 One-month 24 November 2015 [85]
DF Saint Lucia Janoi Donacien Wales Newport County 29 October 2015 Two-month 30 June 2016 Loan extended on 31/12/15. [86][87]
GK England Jed Steer England Huddersfield Town 26 November 2015 One-month 26 December 2015 [88]
GK England Jed Steer England Huddersfield Town 2 January 2016 Six-month 30 June 2016 [89]
FW England Callum Robinson England Preston North End 6 January 2015 Six-month 30 June 2016 [90]
MF England Gary Gardner England Nottingham Forest 6 January 2015 Six-month 30 June 2016 [91]
DF England Joe Bennett England Sheffield Wednesday 19 January 2015 Six-month 30 June 2016 [92]
DF Spain José Ángel Crespo Spain Rayo Vallecano 20 January 2015 Six-month 30 June 2016 [93]

Overall transfer activity[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 20th 8 August 2015 15 May 2016
FA Cup Third round Fourth round 9 January 2016 30 January 2016
League Cup Second round Fourth round 25 August 2015 28 October 2015

Last updated: 15 May 2016
Source: Competitions

Overview[edit]

Games played 44 (38 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)
Games won 6 (3 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Games drawn 9 (8 Premier League, 1 FA Cup)
Games lost 29 (27 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 37 (27 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 7 League Cup)
Goals conceded 86 (76 Premier League, 5 FA Cup, 5 League Cup)
Total goal difference -49 (−49 Premier League, −2 FA Cup, +2 League Cup)
Clean sheets 8 (6 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Yellow Cards 80 (71 Premier League, 5 FA Cup, 4 League Cup)
Red Cards 2 (2 Premier League)
Most appearances Benin Gestede (34)
Most minutes played United States Guzan (2020)
Top scorer Ghana Ayew
Benin Gestede
England Sinclair (6)
Worst Discipline Ghana Ayew (6 Yellow card 1 Red card)
Points 17
Best Result 2–0 v Wycombe Wanderers, FA Cup (19/1/16) / Norwich City, Premier League (6/2/16)
Worst Result 0–6 v Liverpool, Premier League (13/02/16)

Overview[edit]

Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Premier League 38 3 8 27 27 76 −49 007.89
FA Cup 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 033.33
League Cup 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 066.67
Total 44 6 9 29 37 86 −49 013.64

Last updated: 15 May 2016
Source: Competitions

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
16 Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 45 67 −22 42
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 48 62 −14 39
18 Newcastle United (R) 38 9 10 19 44 65 −21 37 Relegation to the EFL Championship
19 Norwich City (R) 38 9 7 22 39 67 −28 34
20 Aston Villa (R) 38 3 8 27 27 76 −49 17
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[96]
(R) Relegated.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 3 8 27 27 76  −49 17 2 5 12 14 35  −21 1 3 15 13 41  −28

Last updated: 15 May 2016.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by matchday[edit]

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GroundAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA
ResultWLLDLLLLLLLDLLDLDDLLWDDLWLLLLLLLLLLLDL
Position57121215171818181920202020202020202020202020202020202020202020202020202020
Updated to match(es) played on 15 May 2016. Source:[citation needed]
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

On 17 June 2015, the fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced.[97]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Upcoming fixture

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Last updated: 4 April 2016.
Source: World Football

  • Players without appearances before going out on season-long loans.[100]

Goalscorers[edit]

Correct as of 6 February 2016
Players with the same number of goals are listed by their position on the club's official website Source
     Players highlighted in light grey denote the player had scored for the club before leaving for another club
     Players highlighted in light cyan denote the player has scored for the club after arriving at Aston Villa during the season
     Players highlighted in Blonde denote the player had scored for the club before leaving the club on loan for part/the rest of the season

Pos. Playing Pos. Nation Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1 MF England Scott Sinclair 2 4 6
2 FW Ghana Jordan Ayew 6 6
FW Benin Rudy Gestede 5 1 6
4 DF England Joleon Lescott 3 3
5 DF England Micah Richards 1 1 2
MF England Ashley Westwood 2 2
MF Spain Carles Gil 2 2
7 DF England Joe Bennett 1 1
DF Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark 1 1
MF Senegal Idrissa Gueye 1 1
MF Spain Adama Traoré 1 1
MF England Jack Grealish 1 1
FW England Gabriel Agbonlahor 1 1
MF Curaçao Leandro Bacuna 1 1
Own Goals 1 1
Total 23 3 7 33

Assists[edit]

Correct as of 6 February 2016
Players with the same number of goals are listed by their position on the club's official website Source
     Players highlighted in light grey denote the player had assisted for the club before leaving for another club
     Players highlighted in light cyan denote the player has assisted for the club after arriving at Aston Villa during the season
     Players highlighted in Blonde denote the player had assisted for the club before leaving the club on loan for part/the rest of the season

Pos. Playing Pos. Nation Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1 MF France Jordan Veretout 5 5
2 DF France Jordan Amavi 2 1 3
3 MF England Ashley Westwood 1 1 2
MF England Jack Grealish 2 2
FW England Gabriel Agbonlahor 2 2
6 DF England Micah Richards 1 1
DF Scotland Alan Hutton 1 1
MF England Joe Cole 1 1
MF England Kieran Richardson 1 1
MF Spain Adama Traoré 1 1
FW Benin Rudy Gestede 1 1
MF Spain Carles Gil 1 1
Total 15 3 4 23

Disciplinary record[edit]

Correct as of 15 May 2016
Players are listed in descending order of Yellow card
Players with the same number of cards are listed by their position on the club's official website Source
     Players highlighted in light grey denote the player has received a yellow/red card for the club before leaving for another club
     Players highlighted in light cyan denote the player has received a yellow/red card for the club after arriving at Aston Villa during the season
     Players highlighted in Blonde denote the player had received a yellow/red card for the club before leaving the club on loan for part/the rest of the season

No. Nat Pos Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card
15 England MF Ashley Westwood 4 2 1 7 0 0
19 Ghana FW Jordan Ayew 5 1 5 0 1
7 Curaçao MF Leandro Bacuna 5 1 6 0 0
6 Republic of Ireland DF Ciaran Clark 4 1 5 0 0
21 Scotland DF Alan Hutton 4 4 0 0
8 Senegal MF Idrissa Gueye 4 4 0 0
4 England DF Micah Richards 3 3 0 0
18 England MF Kieran Richardson 3 3 0 0
25 Spain MF Carles Gil 3 3 0 0
1 United States GK Brad Guzan 2 2 0 0
31 England GK Mark Bunn 1 1 2 0 0
24 Colombia MF Carlos Sánchez 2 2 0 0
23 France DF Jordan Amavi 2 2 0 0
17 France MF Jordan Veretout 2 2 0 0
39 Benin FW Rudy Gestede 2 2 0 0
16 England DF Joleon Lescott 1 1 0 0
43 France DF Aly Cissokho 1 1 0 0
25 Spain MF Adama Traoré 1 1 0 0
40 England MF Jack Grealish 1 1 0 0
11 England FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 1 1 0 0
TOTALS 48 1 3 4 55 0 1
Notes

Suspensions[edit]

Player Date Received Offence Length of suspension
England Micah Richards
2/11/15
Post-match misconduct (26/10/15)[101] 1 match Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League
Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark Yellow card v Watford, 28/11/15
5 cautions
1 match Southampton, Premier League
England Ashley Westwood Yellow card v Norwich City, 28/12/15
5 cautions
1 match Sunderland, Premier League
Ghana Jordan Ayew Yellow card v Norwich City, 28/12/15
5 cautions
1 match Sunderland, Premier League
Ghana Jordan Ayew Red card v West Ham United, 30/1/16
Violent conduct
3 matches Norwich, Liverpool, Stoke City, Premier League