By Villa News Speaking to Dan Bardell

6th Jul, 2023 | 6:10pm

Calum Chambers role at Aston Villa questioned by Sky Sports journalist as transfer update emerges

We’re delighted to welcome Sky Sports journalist Dan Bardell as our exclusive Aston Villa columnist each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the club…

Calum Chambers could be kept at Aston Villa due to the club’s increased fixture list and the Englishman’s defensive versatility, but he would fall to the bottom of the centre-half pecking order, according to Dan Bardell.

Following the signing of Pau Torres [Daily Mail] from Villarreal, Villa are reportedly listening to offers for the former Arsenal man and Emery will be willing to let him go for the right price [Football Insider].

However, Chambers could see his way into the Villa first team after their qualification for the Europa Conference League next season and the resulting increase in fixtures.

Bardell however, feels Chambers would be first on the chopping block due to his lack of game time last season.

Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bardell said: “Chambers is probably the main one because quite simply, out of him, Konsa and Mings he played the least football.

Diego Carlos was obviously injured for the majority of the season but Chambers never really threatened to break that Konsa-Mings axis when Carlos got injured.

“If he stays he isn’t going to get much football under Emery. But, he’s multi-functional and can play a few different positions and I don’t think Villa are definitely going to sign a right-back at the moment.

“So it may be that he sticks around because there’ll be so many games. Where does Chambers go from Villa, if he moves? It depends on what Chambers wants, but Pau Torres has been brought into play.

“You don’t spend £30-40million on a centre-half if you’re not going to make him your top choice. I think there’s going to be so much football for Villa players that all the centre-backs will get games.

In other Aston Villa news, big-name signings are set for Emery after a behind-the-scenes arrival at Villa Park.