Aston Villa paid £10 million more for Scott Hogan than Brentford splashed out on Sergi Canos.
But if you had to pick out the £12 million player as The Bees edged out Aston Villa 2-1 at Griffin Park on Boxing Day, you’d point immediately at the bleached blonde winger running riot on the right wing.
Brentford’s Spanish schemer was the best player on the park as they consigned Steve Bruce’s side to a fifth game without a win in the Championship. He managed eight shots on goal, just one less than Villa’s overall total, and gave Alan Hutton a rather severe case of twisted blood.
And to rub salt into the wounds, it must be pointed out that Aston Villa paid far, far more for the likes of Hogan, Ross McCormack and Aaron Tshibola than Brentford invested in Canos.
In fact, the one-time Liverpool youngster cost The Bees just £2.5 million when they rescued him from his forgettable stint at Norwich City in the January 2017 transfer window, as reported by Sky Sports.
And Villa fans are right to wonder why their club isn’t pulling off these impressive bargain deals for talented rising stars – instead splurging big fees on big names who have failed spectacularly to live up to their price tags.
Sergi Canos is running this game. He is 20 years old and cost £2.9m. pace, shooting, dribbles, passes. wages cant be massive. Meanwhile we are paying stupid money for old farts like Snodgrass, Whelan, Ross, etc. Pathetic approach from @retsub12 and Bruce #avfc— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) December 26, 2017
Exactly the type of player Bruce would turn in to garbage.— Simon Buswell (@Buzza66) December 26, 2017
That kid was utter class.— little villan (@LittleVillan71) December 27, 2017
Canos actually runs at full backs. Then we have Snodgrass— Harry Johnson (@avfc_johnson) December 26, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia did you like the way Brentford played against us. Their manager is also a Villa Fan, lets get him in and Canos and Vibe and that might just rescue our season.— Matt Burton (@MattyBoy1788) December 28, 2017