Aston Villa have spent big over the last two years, reinvesting their influx of money in an attempt to replace Jack Grealish’s phenomenal output.
His departure saw a slew of attacking talent brought in, with the most underwhelming of the bunch being Leon Bailey, due to his injury woes.
Tasked with replacing the “scary” qualities that Kalvin Phillips bestowed upon Grealish, it was an impossible task when compared to his final season in the Midlands.
To have him in Steven Gerrard’s current underperforming side, who have scored just seven goals in nine games, would have been ideal. Alas, he is no longer an option to call upon.
Admittedly, Grealish has struggled since moving to Manchester City as he surrendered the notion of being a big fish in a small pond for the chance to win every trophy available.
To add his leadership and love for the club back into a side that seems stagnant would likely be the fuse to reignite them.
To see him depart was inevitable when the unlimited money of the Cityzens come calling, but with both club and player having declined since the move, perhaps it would be mutually beneficial to reunite them.
Villa fans would certainly be in favour of this, to finally add some much-needed consistent creativity to feed the likes of Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins.