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Jordan Veretout has excelled since leaving Aston Villa

After a difficult spell with Aston Villa, Jordan Veretout has gone on to have a very good career and will be a regular in the Champions League with Marseille this season.

Villa signed the Frenchman from FC Nantes in a deal worth £8m in 2015, with the midfielder signing a five-year contract with the Midlands club.

However, he would fulfill just two years of that five-year contract, as he moved to Fiorentina in a deal worth £6.25m in 2017.

During his time at Villa Park, Veretout would make just 29 appearances in all competitions, in which he failed to score but provided five assists, as he struggled to adapt to Premier League football.

He joined St Etienne on loan the following season and impressed, before his move to Fiorentina in the summer of 2017.

Did Veretout deserve more chances?





Veretout continued to dazzle during his time in Serie A, hitting 10 goals in his debut campaign, and managed five goals and three assists the following season, which caught the attention of Roma.

There, he would make 131 appearances, contributing 22 goals and 16 assists, as he helped Jose Mourinho’s side win the Europa Conference League last season, before earning a move back to his native France with Marseille.

He has also earned five caps for France, which is no mean feat considering some of the midfielders at their disposal, which suggests that he would be more than good enough for this current Villa side.

Matthieu Pianezze, an Italian journalist, sang Veretout’s praises after his performances with Fiorentina, saying:

“He’s a modern, box-to-box midfielder. Technically gifted and amazing at recovery. It’s a machine.”

Although it would have been impossible to predict Vertout’s career trajectory during his time at Villa, it is disappointing that he wasn’t given more chances to impress, as it seems clear now that he could have cut it in the Premier League if he had been given regular opportunities.


Therefore, the decision to sell him for £6.25m just two seasons after signing Veretout should go down as a big mistake by the Villa board.