Freed from Villa Park, Jordan Veretout has had an impressive season on loan at Saint Etienne.
Last night he continued to demonstrate this by starring for the French side at Old Trafford in the Europa League.
Sporting a dyed blonde haircut, Veretout may have ended up on the losing side on his return to England, but he enhanced his reputation in the process.
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard in action with St Etienne's Jordan Veretout
The Frenchman led his side with interceptions (5) and made two tackles, going up against world record signing Paul Pogba.
Veretout, 23, did not perform anywhere near his best in the Premier League as Villa were relegated last season, and has clearly benefitted from going out on loan, expressing no desire to stick around in the Championship.
He may have continued to struggle in English football, but last night showed that he is a player who potentially could enhance Aston Villa's floundering squad.
Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action with Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson
Veretout has already made 21 league starts for Saint Etienne this season, the same number he managed across the entire campaign for Aston Villa a year ago.
Swapping the Championship to also play in the Europa League has been a smart career move, although after the defeat at Old Trafford last night, this adventure could soon be over barring a dramatic turnaround in the second leg next week.
Here is a look at how Aston Villa fans reacted on Twitter to his performance...
Told you when we moved veretout on it would be a mistake man is on fire #avfc— Dale Wootton (@BOOMBEEF) February 16, 2017
If Veretout keeps playing like he is, we could get a decent price for him #avfc— ElliotAVFC (@elliotfurniss01) February 16, 2017
Veretout putting in an absolute shift for St Etienne #AVFC— Liam Whitehouse (@Leeroy1702) February 16, 2017
I love how Jordan Veretout is so bad he's playing against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Europa League... #avfc— James Nelson (@JamesAshNelson) February 16, 2017
Never had an issue with Veretout or Gana last season. Both decent players playing in a shite team #avfc— GTHEB (@BruceRioch4) February 16, 2017