The French left-back was out from November with a serious knee injury.
Aston Villa snapped up plenty of new recruits from French football this summer, but not all of them impressed. Jordan Ayew scored in spurts whilst Idrissa Gana Gueye’s stats looked impressive. However, left-back Jordan Amavi looked the most suited to English football.
The Frenchman looked a real talent before being sidelined by a serious knee ligament injury suffered on international duty with the French under-21s in November.
Bournemouth's Callum Wilson and Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi
That meant he had to watch on from his rehab base of Saint-Raphael as his club plummeted down the Premier League table.
He has been speaking about that feeling this week. He told France Football:
“It was complicated. Especially since I was in France, in Saint-Raphael.
“I followed the matches from the TV, but you cannot do anything, you're helpless, you know it's complicated, but you cannot help them.”
In trying to explain why Villa failed so badly in 2015-16, he referenced ‘tough times’ at the club – suggesting the team failed to contemplate a higher finish amid the struggles at Villa Park:
“With all these tough times, maybe we failed to look up.”
Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi
Amavi would probably not have saved Villa from relegation but he would have surely filled in a massive gap in the side – the left-back position.
Nobody made it theirs after Amavi’s injury and it was a constant source of weakness throughout Villa’s campaign.
Hopefully Amavi, who has been linked with a move away, will be with Villa next season to help them back to the Premier League.