Released by Aston Villa last summer, Enda Stevens named Portsmouth Players' Player of the Year

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The Irishman has been in good form at Portsmouth this season.

Aston Villa have been relegated to the Championship for next season after a poor campaign in the Premier League.

One reason behind their poor performances this season was a lack of left-back options.

Summer signing Jordan Amavi’s injury saw them use plenty of different players in the role, all with varying degrees of minimal success.

Meanwhile, at Portsmouth, a left-back they let go has been voted the club’s Player of the Season.

Enda Stevens was voted Players’ Player of the Season by his Pompey team-mates this season after a good campaign with the South Coast club in League Two.

Stevens was signed by Villa in 2012 from Shamrock Rovers and the Irishman went on to play nine times for the club. He also spent time out on loan at the likes of Notts County, Doncaster Rovers and Northampton Town before being released by the club last summer.

Now it seems that Villa might have done better keeping hold of him.

No, he would not have kept them in the Premier League, but for next term he would have been a good option with left-back still a problem position.

He has thrived at Portsmouth, but perhaps he should have been given more chances at Villa.

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