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Aston Villa flop Jordan Veretout is flourishing in Italy

Aston Villa are currently in trouble at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Even though they spent over £100m during the summer transfer window, they still find themselves in the bottom three and in a fight for their survival in the top tier. They are only two points away from safety, true, but they have just 10 games left to save themselves.

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The last time they were relegated from the top tier was during the 2015/16 season, Jordan Veretout’s only term in England.

He cost them £9m, as per Transfermarkt, but now, after being sold by Steve Bruce, he is worth £22.5m according to the same website – it looks like another blow to the latter’s legacy.

Here, we take a look at how he has done since leaving Villa Park…

Time at Villa

Veretout moved to the Midlands after impressing in France with Nantes. In his final season in Ligue 1, he scored seven goals and provided seven assists in 36 games, which caught the eye of the Villans, and they signed him in July 2015.

However, he struggled to adapt to English football, and played just 25 of a possible 38 league matches in the end. He did rack up five assists during his time there, but he failed to hit the back of the net even once. During the 2015/16 campaign, his record stood at 29 games, no strikes and five goals created in all competitions.

He didn’t stick around to help the side out in the Championship either. He was moved out on loan to Saint-Etienne for the following season, where he scored four times in 43 matches, before being sold to Fiorentina in 2017 for €7m (£6.25m).

Where is he now?

His move to Florence saw him flourish, and now you can understand why Villa paid almost £10m for him. In his first campaign with La Viola he scored 10 goals in 38 matches as Fiorentina finished in eighth place in the table.

He followed that up with five goals in 33 matches in the next campaign, but it was his vision that obviously caught the eye of Roma, who ended up paying €17m (£15.8m), including a €1m (£926,000) first-year loan fee, to sign him – he averaged 2.3 key passes per game in Serie A during the 18/19 campaign. Arsenal were even said to be interested in him – as per Le Foot via talkSPORT – but a concrete offer failed to materialise.

Should Villa have kept Veretout?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Now also playing in the Europa League with the Giallorossi, he is yet to live up the standards he has recently set for himself, but he still has two goals in 22 starts. With the Italian top tier now suspended, he will be looking to re-find his previous form when football does eventually resume.

For Villa and Steve Bruce, though, they will be kicking themselves for letting him go too early.

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