Signed for £4.5m from SM Caen in France, Frédéric Guilbert was meant to help Aston Villa once they returned to the Premier League.

He did just that, featuring quite a lot under Dean Smith last season, but his impact was quickly dented when Matty Cash was bought in the summer.

Hardly playing during the 2020-21 season, the right-back decided it was best for him to find a new club, at least on loan, so he could get some minutes under his belt.

Despite receiving offers from Turkey, Guilbert decided that a return to France was the right move, with Strasbourg in Ligue 1 the recipients of his services.

Finally making his debut after undergoing the Covid-19 quarantine required for people arriving from the United Kingdom, the defender spoke to the media, where he described his start to the season at Villa Park.

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He said, relayed by Alsa’ Sports: “The last six months at Aston Villa, it’s been difficult. I was training, I was on the bench, I wasn’t playing. I wanted to play. Today I have the chance to do so.

“I think Strasbourg are the right club, there’s some good players and we can do some good things with this group”.

Guilbert made his first appearance in a 2-0 loss to in the French Cup against Montpellier, with the Ligue 1 side currently 16th in the table after 24 games, six points above the relegation zone.