With just 48 appearances to his name in his time at Aston Villa, Jordan Amavi didn’t enjoy a long career at the club, playing just two seasons.
The Frenchman had joined from Ligue 1 side Nice in the summer of 2015, and after recovering from a serious knee injury, became a mainstay in Steve Bruce’s side during their Championship campaign when they finished 13th.
In the end, Amavi left Villa to return to France in 2017, joining Marseille on an initial loan deal, before seeing that made into a permanent move. Had the Midlands club shown a bit more patience and stuck to their guns with the left-back, then they would be seeing the kind of development he is currently showing now.
The 26-year-old is Marseille’s first-choice left-back, and his performances helped the club earn a place in the Champions League this season, where he’s played the full 90 minutes against the likes of Manchester City, Olympiacos and Porto thus far.
The fact that Villa’s former supremo Tony Xia revealed on Twitter that he had rejected a £25m bid for the Frenchman went to show just how highly-rated he was at the club.
So for them to go from that, to just letting him go on an initial loan deal smacks of being far too hasty in their decision-making. Sure, his ACL injury seemed to completely stop him in his tracks, but rather than showing a bit of patience with him and giving him the chance to recover his form, they called time on his career at Villa Park too soon.
The 5 foot 9 flier is now playing in European football’s elite competition, and on a personal level, will look back at the time he left Villa as something that has really made his career.
On the other hand, the Premier League side may still rue letting him go.