Stoke City fans have voiced their opinion on whether the club should turn James Chester’s loan deal into a permanent switch at the end of the season.
With the enforced break giving fans a time to reflect, we have taken a look at what supporters think of his future.
The 31-year-old defender joined the Potters on loan from Villa in January, helping them to three vital victories in his first seven matches for the club.
With his contract at Villa Park set to expire this summer, he could be a target for Stoke boss Michael O’Neill.
Here’s what you have had to say:
Mick Johnson : Good job supporters don’t pick teams,let the manager decide, all this negative talk just makes us supporters look like idiots one great game you all love him .
Why do villa fans want him back if he’s no good..
Roy Millward : He has been ok that’s all .
Stuart Walsh : Big wages and average , much better big bruising centre half’s in the lower leagues !
Steve Rowley : No we have better on the books Souter Collins
Marcus Asbury: Nathan Collins needs to be part of the spine of the team going forward
Mark Dunn: No. Use our young defenders
Kevin Bennett: No too old and too slow
David Morris: Send him back
jezzascfc: Chester is not a bad centre back, and with games under his belt and having settled in, will be a good signing. He came right into the side with matches coming thick and fast after not playing much at Villa, which was always going to prove a test. Maybe easing him in would have been better?
chuckrocky: He hasn’t looked any better than what we already have, which says a lot.
The Toxic Avenger: In my opinion a half fit Chester is a little better than the options we have. A fully fit Chester is miles better than anything we have – we wouldn’t have got him had he been fully fit and on top of his game though.
Freddie52: Chester is a fine player who needs games to sharpen up.
Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Chester could still have a future with Villa, especially if they are relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
“Any player like that you are going to stand up and take notice but I think it depends massively on what league Villa are in next year,” he told Football League World.
“Scott Hogan is doing himself no harm, he is scoring goals at that level regularly and playing well, so it would be silly not to put him back into the ranks. The same applies to James Chester. Players that have not fitted in but gone out and done well elsewhere.”