Remi Garde has blasted winger Charles N’Zogbia, claiming the Frenchman is not showing commitment to Aston Villa’s increasingly desperate cause.
The 29-year-old is out of contract this summer and has largely disappointed in claret and blue since his £9million move from Wigan in 2011.
Now, with Villa rooted to the bottom of the Premier league with just six points so far this season, Garde has questioned whether N’Zogbia has the heart for the fight.
"Charles could have given more than he has given to the team in the first two or three weeks when I came," he said.
"Charles' story with Aston Villa is a long one, with some difficult stuff, and he is ending his contract soon. Sometimes it's not the best way to be fully committed in a football club in the situation we are in.
"Charles is not the worst person I have ever met. I am just here to try to pick up the players I feel who are the most committed for this very difficult task we have.
“I am not saying Charles is a bad person. Sometimes it doesn't work between players and clubs, players and managers."
N’Zogbia is one of a number of players at Villa who arrived for big money yet have failed to force themselves into the team. That’s something Garde has vowed to put right.
"It's a situation I need to change and clear,” he admitted.
“If you spend a lot of money on players who aren't playing it will be very bad news for the team and everyone at the football club. I'm blaming nobody."