Did Aston Villa make a big mistake selling prolific playmaker Daniel Johnson?

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Preston's Daniel Johnson has made a great start to life in the Championship.

After the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, Preston North End remain in the bottom three of the Championship after just one win this season.

There hasn't been a great deal for Simon Grayson's men to shout about so far this season, as the reality of promotion from League One to the Championship has been felt early on - but one player has been the shining light for the Lilywhites this season.

Midfielder Daniel Johnson, who hit eight goals in the second half of last season following his January move from Aston Villa to Deepdale, has already smashed five goals in ten games this season.

The Jamaican playmaker, 22, added his latest goal with a sublime curled finish from the edge of the box against Wolves, meaning he has now scored five goals in his last seven outings for North End, earning plenty of plaudits in the process.

Yet, after Grayson claimed to the Daily Mirror back in February that he paid just £50,000 to snatch Johnson away from Villa Park, have Villa actually made a big mistake?

It was former manager Paul Lambert who allowed Johnson to leave for such a small figure, and The Telegraph reported that current boss Tim Sherwood was very unhappy with the decision to sell Johnson, given that he loves to develop young players.

With the likes of Jack Grealish, Jordan Amavi and Adama Traore set for big roles this season, Sherwood is building a youthful outfit at Villa Park - and could have certainly done with an attack-minded midfielder to support his attack.

The Villa frontline have long struggled to score goals, and the sale of Christian Benteke to Liverpool means that the goalscoring load must be shared around, and Johnson has proven himself to be a contributor in the Championship in terms of goals as well as assists.

Johnson's turn of pace through the middle, excellent dribbling and creativity have made him an early force in the Championship, and at just 22, he has the potential to make a return to the Premier League in the near future, based on his displays for North End so far this term.

In fact, given how unhappy Sherwood was with the decision to sell Johnson, it wouldn't be a total surprise to see him try to bring the former Villa Under-21 captain back to Villa Park at some point in the future - something which may cover up what looks like being a big mistake from Villa and their former boss Lambert.

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