Stoke City goalkeeper Shay Given suggested on MOTD2 Extra on BBC Two on Sunday afternoon (broadcast from 12:15pm, April 3) why Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton failed to succeed at Aston Villa.
Albrighton came through the youth ranks at Villa and was on the books of the Villans from 1998 to 2014.
The former England Under-21 winger was released by Villa at the end of the 2013-14 season, and that summer he joined Leicester on a free transfer.
It came as a surprise to many, as Albrighton was a bright spark in Villa’s ‘successful’ end to the campaign under Paul Lambert, with the club avoiding relegation to the Championship.
The 26-year-old was not exactly a massive success at Villa, enjoying a breakthrough season in 2010-11 before struggling with injuries and average form for the next two years.
Given, who joined Stoke in the summer of 2015, was a teammate of Albrighton at Villa, and he has suggested that the winger needed to be shown more confidence in order to succeed at Villa Park.
“When I was at Villa, at a stage Marc was in the squad, but he wasn’t even on the bench,” said the former Newcastle United goalkeeper on MOTD2 Extra on BBC Two on Sunday afternoon (broadcast from 12:15pm, April 3).
“You find that remarkable now he is at the top of the Premier League, it’s kind of like a fairytale story. That I think comes from the manager, giving him the belief and the confidence.
“He is a good player. I know Marc personally, he is a bit of a confidence player, but Ranieri has obviously gone in, put his arm around him and said to him, 'You are a class player, do what you do good'."
Albrighton has resurrected his career at Leicester and is having a great season under manager Claudio Ranieri.
The 26-year-old winger has scored one goal and created 58 chances in 32 Premier League appearances for Leicester so far this campaign.
The Englishman, who could win the league title with the Foxes this season, has a pass accuracy of 64% and a shot accuracy of 35%, and has won 11 headers, 46 dribbles and 51 tackles.