Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has taken to Twitter in order to blast the club's decision to sell Daniel Johnson to Preston North End almost a year ago.
Villa currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with just eight points from 19 games, and the 2-0 loss to Norwich City on Monday has led to many suggesting that Remi Garde's men are already down.
The problem for many Villa fans has been the recent recruitment of foreign players. The likes of Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout, Adama Traore and Jose Crespo all arrived in the summer with no Premier League experience, and fans believe that Villa should have focused more on signing or developing their own English talent.
The Villa academy has produced the likes of Ciaran Clark, Jack Grealish, Gary Cahill, Gareth Barry, Marc Albrighton, Craig Gardner and Daniel Sturridge, but that conveyor belt of talent appears to have slowed down in recent years.
Villa fans are watching on as former youth team winger Jordan Graham earns rave reviews for his performances with Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers, whilst Preston's Daniel Johnson looks like being another mistake for Villa.
The 23-year-old playmaker, who joined Villa from Crystal Palace as a teenager, was a reserve team star for Villa but never managed to make his debut for the club before being sold to Preston in January, for just £50,000, as manager Simon Grayson told The Mirror earlier this year.
So far, Johnson has made a mockery of that £50,000 fee, having smashed eight goals in 23 games to help Preston win promotion to the Championship last season, whilst this term he has found the net seven times in 24 matches, once again underlining his ability as a goalscoring playmaker.
Now, former Villa striker and boyhood Villa fan Stan Collymore has had his say, blasting Villa for letting the Jamaican leave the club for such a small fee when he should have been around the first team.
Daniel Johnson, 50k sale to Preston rather than having him around the squad to see if he’d develop. 50 grand. Ask PNE fans about him.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) December 29, 2015
Villa instead chose to let Johnson go and moved on to sign the likes of Gueye and Veretout over the summer, but with Garde's men seemingly heading towards relegation, Villa fans will be wondering whether their transfer policy has cost them some talented young players, such as North End star Johnson.
With dribbling ability, composure in possession and a desire to get forward and score, Johnson could have made a real impact for Villa, but instead he's turning out for Preston - and will no doubt be worth exponentially more than £50,000 now.
Should Johnson have been given more of a chance at Villa?
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